February 9

February 9, 1906 – Paul Laurence Dunbar

Accomplished poet, novelist and playwright, Paul Laurence Dunbar died of tuberculosis on February 9, 1906 at the young age of 33.

Paul Laurence Dunbar 1903

Paul Laurence Dunbar 1903

Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio to former slaves. He became one the first African American poets to achieve national and international notoriety.  Dunbar completed four collected volumes of short stories, four novels, three published plays, lyrics for thirteen songs, fourteen books of poetry and over 400 published poems with his writings featured in many national publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly and Saturday Evening Post.

Dunbar historical marker

Ohio Dunbar Historical Marker

The lyrics for the first Broadway musical produced by African Americans “In Dahomey” in 1903 were written by Dunbar.  He was able to create an amazing amount of literary work during his short life.

 

Tribute To Black History Month

December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950 – Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter G Woodson portrait

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson  began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. Dr. Woodson was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.