The most important African American writer in U.S. history.

AND A VOICE DEMANDING THAT WE DO MORE.
Lionel Sosa

Why Dunbar?

Paul Laurence Dunbar, who died over 100 years ago, is considered the most important African American writer in U.S. history.

We chose to include excerpts of his work in this exhibition as a reminder of the racism, structural inequality, and incivility that African American men have always faced, and continue to endure in American society.

Dunbar’s popularity was such that he was able to earn a living from his commercial writing, probably the first African American to do so. Notably, his national and international renown came in spite of both formal structures and informal norms that shaped the trajectory of his career.  Dunbar’s voice, considered alongside the voices of the men featured in this exhibition, demands that we do more to elevate the experience, dignity, and contributions of African American men in our community.

– Jennifer Speed, Ph.D

Lionel Sosa

Jennifer Speed, Ph.D

Research Development Strategist at Princeton University

Jennifer provides strategic proposal development support on multi-investigator, interdisciplinary grant applications to federal funding agencies. She also contributes to other research development initiatives on behalf of the Office of the Dean for Research.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Valero Energy Foundation
Bank of America

UNITY SPONSORS

Accenture
SPURS Give

DIVERSITY SPONSOR

Linda and Edward Speed

EQUITY SPONSOR

PwC

INCLUSION SPONSORS

Frost Bank
Kiolbassa Smoked Meats
Terracina Family Foundation
United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County

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