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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, a documentary film screening

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

From Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Fredrick Lewis, 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. Join us for a screening and discussion on Saturday, September 10th at 1p.m.

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.

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September 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Island Free Library
9 Dodge St
New Shoreham, RI 02807
(401) 466-3233