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PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR ((June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906): Birthday Celebration June 27, 2013 at Library of Congress


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Holly Bass and Al Young in post-presentation mode at the Library of Congress celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birthday 

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Celebrating poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

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“Gone by age 34, the gifted, versatile Dunbar was the first American writer to earn a living entirely by his pen. Miz Chapman — our 2nd grade teacher at Kingston Elementary School for Colored in Laurel, Mississippi — sang his greatness and made us memorize and recite poems by Dunbar she loved.”
— Al Young


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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lecture — Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

12 Noon
Poets Holly Bass and Al Young celebrate the birthday of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building

Contact: 202.707.5394


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Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem
When Malindy Sings

set to music by Oscar Brown, Jr.


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