OHIO HISTORY STORE
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Documentary
Item #: 100757
Our Price: $22.95
 
Quantity:
More
Less
 

Description 

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

“Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask” is a documentary on the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a writer.Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), is best remembered for his poem, We Wear the Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”  A clip of Angelou reciting Dunbar’s poem on the David Frost Show is featured.

Dunbar’s story is also the story of the African American experience around the turn of the century. The man Abolitionist Frederick Douglass called “The most promising young colored man in America” wrote widely published essays critical of Jim Crow Laws, lynching and what was commonly called “The Negro Problem.”

Yet, to earn a living, Dunbar worked as an elevator boy and wrote poems and stories utilizing “Plantation Dialect.” He also composed songs for Broadway that bordered on blackface minstrelsy.

More than 8 years in the making, “Beyond the Mask” received support from Ohio Humanities and major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a production of the Central Region Humanities Center based at Ohio University.

Format:  DVD
Running Time:  1:58:45
Writer, Director, and Co-Producer: Frederick Lewis

Your Cart

Empty

Top Sellers

Ohio Collapsible Basket

Ohio Collapsible Basket
SKU:  133155
Price: $22.00

Add Ohio Collapsible Basket to Cart

Let Ohio Women Vote Poster

Let Ohio Women Vote Poster
SKU:  190101
Price: $5.99

Add Let Ohio Women Vote Poster to Cart

Let Ohio Women Vote Notebook

Let Ohio Women Vote Notebook
SKU:  110709
Price: $9.99

Add Let Ohio Women Vote Notebook to Cart