Paul Laurence Dunbar

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1872-1906
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The son of former slaves, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was born in Dayton, Ohio. Dunbar published his first poem at 14 and was nationally recognized as an important intellectual and literary figure while still a young man. His poems, which he wrote in both standard English and dialect, often address the subject of racial injustice.