As part of the University Libraries’ 150th Paul Laurence Dunbar Birthday Celebration Series, the Libraries will present, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, a documentary by Frederick Lewis about the life and legacy of the first African American to achieve national fame as a poet. Professor Lewis will be present at the event to lead discussion.
This FREE event will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 441 Dunbar Library and on Webex. Registration is required, whether attending in-person or virtually.
Frederick Lewis, the program’s writer and director will be present to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Lewis is a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University.
In addition to other themes, the documentary includes the story of Dunbar’s boyhood friendship with the Wright Brothers and interweaves contemporary segments on artists and musicians who perpetuate Dunbar’s legacy through their own art.