Tag Archives: Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear the Mask – Part 1

I gave the talk below at the Forest Institute for Professional Psychology’s first annual Cross Cultural Conference.  My thoughts weren’t exactly celebratory, nor did they seem to fit a psychology atmosphere, which usually asks us to lower our masks and … Continue reading

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James David Corrothers: The Closed Gate of Justice

As a young man James David Corrothers (1869-1917) entered the ministry and stayed in it his whole life.  He also wrote poetry and in his day was, among Black poets, second in popularity only to Paul Laurence Dunbar.  Like Dunbar … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Alexander: Praise Song for the Obama Inaugural

As the 2012 election nears—yet another historic one, most say—I think about Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who read her poem “Praise Song for the Day” on January 20, 2009, at the Inaugural of President Barack Obama. The perils of writing … Continue reading

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