Jun. 27, 2019
Saluting Paul Laurence Dunbar On The 147th Anniversary Of His Birthday
Today is the 147th Birthday of Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was born June 27, 1872. Although Paul Laurence Dunbar only lived for 33 years after his birth in Dayton, Ohio. Paul L. Dunbar's life was one of many incredible achievements. He managed to befriend some pretty impressive individuals like the Wright Brothers whom he met during his early Dayton, Ohio years. He also became a protege of Frederick Douglass who supported his career endeavors until Frederick Douglass's death in 1895. He was also a great poet who was the first nationally recognized African American poet in this nation.
Go to any major city, even some very small rural towns and you will find the memory of Paul Laurence Dunbar being recognized most likely in a school building. This reading is a small collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud acknowledges the greatness of Mr. Dunbar today, as we should every day. Paul believed in the ability of his race to achieve intellectual excellence. So in the spirit of that belief, I will dedicate this evening's Blackman Read Aloud Hour to the creative magnificence that embodied Paul Laurence Dunbar.