Accomplished poet, novelist and playwright, Paul Laurence Dunbar died of tuberculosis on February 9, 1906 at the young age of 33.
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.
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
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.
Words That Matter
Paul Laurence Dunbar
"This, this indeed is to be accursed, For if we mortals love, or if we sing, We count our joys not by what we have, But by what kept us from that perfect thing."