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Paul Laurance Dunbar

​​Dunbar.jpegPaul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was born in Dayton, Ohio.  He was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar began writing stories and verse when he was a child. He became class president and class poet. By 1889, two years before he graduated, he had already published poems in the Dayton Herald and worked as editor of the Dayton Tattler, a Black newspaper published by classmate Orville Wright, who later gained fame with brother Wilbur Wright as inventors of the airplane.  He is credited as the first writer to put the African American experience in all its diverse forms before a broader audience. His work became the voice for the African American experience in America at that time. Dunbar became known for his use of dialect to capture the African American experience