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B safe B Well B Love
1872-1906 Dayton, Ohio
Love of Dunbar is a international collective of Educators, Poets, Storytellers and everyday people.
We meet on zoom to research, discuss and perform the poetry and folktales of America's Shakespeare, Father of The Spoken Word Movement, Poet, Author and Literary Humanitarian.
The New York Times
Paul Laurence Dunbar was born 150 years ago to Joshua and Matilda Dunbar, former enslaved Africans in America. From the age of 16 he published 12 books of poetry, four novels, four books of short stories and wrote lyrics for theater. He published more than any African American writer before 1950. Dunbar was an assistant to freedom fighter and abolitionist Frederick Douglas, who hailed Dunbar as "The poet laureate of the Negro race."
In 1975 Dunbar's portrait was featured on a United States postage stamp. In 2022, #Dunbar150 - the United States Government issued a Paul Laurence Dunbar Commemorative Gold Coin and his image is also offered on driver's license plates in the state of Ohio.
Dunbar is worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, as many schools, streets and buildings are named in honor of his literary excellence and trailblazing voice. However, today some of these schools and places are not aware of the significance and depth of his works.
~ THE LOVE OF DUNBAR ARTISTS ~
Recognize and hold in high esteem Dunbar's legacy in American Literature, History and Culture. We have grown up listening to Dunbar, while others have recently discovered his genius.
In February of 2022, we participated in Oni Lasana Productions,
virtual workshop, "You Can Do Dunbar! Add Him To Your Repertoire!"
presented by Story Crossroads, Inc. & Artists Standing Strong Together, Inc.
Since March 2022, we gather weekly in the LOVE OF DUNBAR
a virtual meetup to research, discuss, recite, rehearse and perform his works. We welcome special guest speakers and anyone who appreciates or wants to learn and share the literary works and life of Paul Dunbar.
~ PRESENTATIONS ~
~ LOVE OF DUNBAR PROGRAMS ~
(keep scrolling to see program descriptions)
VOICES OF DUNBAR
Middle Schools to Seniors
Activism, Civil War, Love, Nature and Historical Figures Dunbar
Our programs assisted in spreading the word on Dunbar's 150th Anniversary #Dunbar150, and continue to share the timeless beauty and diversity of his prose and poetic short stories for youth and adult audiences.
Our mission is to educate, entertain and foster appreciation for Dunbar's life, spoken word poetry, prose and folktales for a new generation, while continuing to delight longtime fans.
~ THE LOVE OF DUNBAR EXPERIENCE ~
Virtually on ZOOM
This is how we do it....
Dramatically ~ Educationally ~ Joyfully ~ Interactively ~ Musically
Our programs comply with the National Standard Curriculum NCTE: 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and we offer a Teacher’s Aide for Elementary & Middle Schools.
HISTORY: African American / Irish / Civil War Era
LITERARY ARTS: Unique use of Southern & Northern vernacular
MUSIC: Selected prose arranged to Country, Jazz, R&B, Calypso & Hip Hop.
What makes Dunbar so unique is his conversational spoken word (Shakespearean style) with voices of youth, women and men; also, the use of personification in animals and nature such as tree's speaking etc.
~ YOU ARE INVITED ~
To welcome us in presenting a virtual groundbreaking Literary Arts
and American History experience. As we enrich your curriculum
and enhance your community with A Love Of Dunbar program.
Our offerings of his spoken words and stories, reflect on our past, appreciate our present connections and envision a future of cultural consciousness.
Yes! It is our hope that Dunbar's works will lead you to discover
his rich inclusiveness of human thoughts and feelings.
A Love of Dunbar enrichment program will no doubt encourage
your students and community to write and wax poetic.
It will also inspired them to present his works and or create prose
and short stories from their own experiences.
While some of Dunbar's southern writings used during his lifetime
is obsolete and often offensive, WE seek to elevate.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
We, the LOVE OF DUNBAR ARTISTS consciously embrace creative license by substituting negative words and descriptions with positive vernacular to reflect the dignity and respect of today's society.
"I am a new Dunbar fan and I liked the enthusiasm the Love of Dunbar artists had for his works. Voices of Dunbar program made me want to learn more."
B. Rogers, Educator & Storyteller - Philadelphia, PA
Pre-K - 3rd grades
Theme: At Home
In The Morning
When De Corn Pone's Hot
A Cabin Tale
The Boogah Man
Sandman & Johnny Speaks
Theme: Outdoor Adventures
Wadin' In De Crick
Till The Wind Get Right
Keep A Pluggin' Away
Sympathy aka "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"
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Poetry from programs 1 & 2 can be combined within time limitations.
MIDDLE SCHOOL - UNIVERSITY
Sympathy aka "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" - A interactive rap/song
The Haunted Oak
We Wear The Mask
The Corn Stalk Fiddle
When Malindy Sings
Circumstances Alter Cases
Made To Order Smile
A Negro Love Song
At Sunset Time
A Virginia Reel
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We can also customize a program from these listed poems to suit your theme.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS - SENIORS
Ode To Ethiopia
Harriet Beecher Stowe
When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers
An Ante-Bellum Sermon
John Boyle O'Reilly
When Malindy Sings
The Colored Soldiers
Robert Gould Shaw
How Lucy Backslid
The Party, a Juneteenth Celebration
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Lyrics of Love & Laughter
Country & City Folks
Civil War & Freedom
Dunbar's tribute poems to nature and the change of seasons.
"Winter Through the Eyes Of Dunbar" features a series of southern and northern poems from Dunbar's childhood and adult musings.
Juba The Storyteller
Las Cruces, New Mexico
"My mother introduced me to Dunbar at a very young age. I fell in love with his writings and he became my mentor. His legacy of poems, essays, and stories should be heard so they will never be forgotten."
Stories by Josie
"I fell in love with Dunbar’s poem “In the Morning” as a child and the poem has followed me for the past 50 years."
Poet & Storyteller
"I feel like Dunbar gives us the magic of poetry as well as its versatility. He paints pictures with his words.
I find lost melodies, images, characters.
His metaphors I adore. Justice and injustice and different world views.
He makes me laugh, think and dream."
Mt. Rainier, Maryland
"Dunbar's poetry helped me see American history and literature in a brand new light. The tragedy of slavery and his overcoming prejudices in his day, is a great example of overcoming for everyone, young and old.
Dunbar works should be extensively studied in all schools curriculum's."
Educator & Storyteller
"Dunbar's works are not only entertaining, they contain many layers of complexity that always have you asking "what does that mean?"
It is the search for those meanings that keep Dunbar alive for me."
Musician & Yodeler
"The poetry of Dunbar is so musical, his timing rhythms, cadences, it all resonates with the deepest part of my soul. I find his poetry astonishingly accessible to me as a musician."
"This was such an invigorating way to experience poetry as well as being so easily accessible due to the zoom format. Amazing stuff, can’t wait for more!!
Simon Gibson, Ireland
"A man of such sensitivity and compassion Paul Laurence Dunbar could feel the pain of a perfect stranger and put into words that which would be soothing to him and yet allow for another to empathize. He had a wicked sense of humor and found joy in the smallest of God given gifts."
Performing & Teaching Artist, Storyteller & Poet
"Dunbar is my main muse, I love the drama, humor and pathos of his genius. Though he wrote over a 125 years ago, his love, self-reflection and insight into human nature, is timeless.
Dunbar's creative historical reach and literary range touches the heart of all humanity, no matter race, creed or age."
Visual & Teaching Artist & Storyteller
Moss Landing, California
"I am blown away by the depth and scope and beauty of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s work. His words must be spoken out loud to fully appreciate their mastery. He is an inspiration and mentor to us all on the power of words."
San Diego, California
"My mother's mother went to college in the early years of the last century, majoring in elocution. One of her favorite recitations - which always made me smile -- was Dunbar's poem "When Angelina Johnson comes a-swingin' down the line."
"Dunbar wrote more than a century ago, yet when I recite "the Mask" I find myself in tears uncovering layer after layer of what applies to us now, after 2 years of our first pandemic. But also in the way we, as a culture, still wear a mask to fit in and survive.. yet how much we ache to be rid of it."
Storyteller & Writer
"The poetry and writing of Paul Laurence Dunbar are for everyone - young and old, all nationalities and races. Funny poems, serious poems, poems about love, life and loss. There is a depth to his work that shows he had wisdom beyond his years. Poems written over 100 years ago transcend time and touch my heart today."
"I love presenting Dunbar recitations because I am privileged to keep alive the great memory and talent of a prolific Black Man."
Educator & Storyteller
"In the workshop, I was immediately captivated with “We wear the Mask” and “Sympathy” it touched my heart and soul.
As an Irishman, I feel a kinship or empathy with those who had been so mis-treated.
The more I learn about the poet and his work, the more I admire both."
Educator & Storyteller
"Dunbar once wrote
"I hope there is something worthy in my writings and not merely the novelty of a black face associated with the power to rhyme that has attracted attention"
His work must be shared."
Artist, Writer & Researcher
"Sculpting the mood by his insightful bend of mind, Dunbar had a method of constructing his writing so as to choreograph the intentional interpretation of his compositions.
Reading and listening to Dunbar's work expands my life historically, emotionally and intellectually."
If you have booked a Love Of Dunbar program, feel free to copy and paste this logo in your promotional materials.
We were pleased to welcome Adam Alonzo of Dayton, Ohio and the creator of the Paul Laurence Dunbar .org website.
Adam, Thank you for visiting with us and sharing the love of Dunbar.
If YOU are a Dunbar scholar or fan and have time to visit please contact us.
"I learned a lot about Dunbar. Even though he passed at the early age of 33, he created a treasure trove from his life as a Black American. Long live Paul L. Dunbar!"
Nashid Ali aka Pop Pop Grow Sumtin', WURD Radio Personality , Upper Darby, PA
We are a benevolent collective whose mission and purpose is to educate and entertain a new generation on the relevance of Paul Laurence Dunbar's work.
Please contact us at the form below to receive our letter of introduction and more information.
We look forward to hearing from you to plan a
program for your school, organization and community.
"We loved it, it was excellent!"
Caren Hudson, Raleigh, North Carolina
Literary Discussions & Performance Meetup
Join us every Thursdays 2-4 PM EST
A inside look into Dunbar's legacy.
Dunbar's most loved and recited poem.
Josie Bailey presents one of Dunbar's southern love poems.
Bowen Lee presents Kamishibai, Japanese theater art of Dunbar's short story poem.
Marilyn McPhie presents how the little seed from the poem Disappointed grew.
"Because you love me I have much achieved,
Had you despised me then I must have failed,
But since I knew you trusted and believed
I could not disappoint you and so prevailed"
"Wow! His poetry is the bomb.com!"
Jennifer A. - Wilmington, Delaware
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