Set during the Harlem
Renaissance, Davy Carr has just moved to Washington, D.C. to research the African slave trade and is boarding at the home of the Rhodes family. In a series of letters to his friend in Harlem, Davy chronicles the 1920s social life of the black bourgeoisie, comparing it to the allures of Harlem and revealing the deep-seated tensions within the race, the “color lines within the color line.” At its core, this novel by Williams, the first professionally trained black librarian in the U.S., is a love story with the sensibilities of an all-black-cast Vanity Fair, rendered with the keen eye of a sociologist.
Alexandria Library invites you to read
When Washington Was in Vogue : a Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance
By Edward Christopher Williams
Introduction by Adam McKible
Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of When Washington Was in Vogue and take a step back in time to the Roaring Twenties.