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Dunbar Project

Bridging campus and community, teaching and research, the humanities and other disciplines, the Dunbar Project engages students, researchers and community members with many facets of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life.

Other Dunbar-related Research at the University of Dayton
The Dunbar Music Archive

This archive, spearheaded by Minnita Danniel-Cox, associate professor of music, showcases and preserves Dunbar's literary career by giving public access to the myriad of ways his work has been presented, particularly in the musical arena.

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The Dunbar Scholarship of Herbert Woodward Martin

Herbert W. Martin, professor emeritus, served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than three decades. A prolific author in his own right, he has devoted much of his life to giving public performances of Dunbar's work.

Photo of Herbert W. Martin by Stephen Lewis.

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Project Muse

Read "Black Naturalism, White Determinism: Paul Laurence Dunbar's Naturalist Strategies," an article written by Thomas L. Morgan, associate professor of English and program director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program.

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Biographical Information: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet. Born in 1872 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of ex-slaves and classmate to Orville Wright of aviation fame.

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In the News
Research 04.20.20
National Endowment for the Humanities awards University of Dayton nearly $100K for creation of Paul Laurence Dunbar courses and archive

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the University of Dayton nearly $100,000 to develop interdisciplinary courses and create a digital archive to help preserve the legacy of Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first influential black poets in American literature

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