Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
This full length documentary explores the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first African Americans 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 autobiography “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” Dunbar’s story is also the story of the African American experience around the turn of the century. Frederick Lewis, the program’s writer and director will be in attendance to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
Frederick Lewis is an associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University. Prior to transitioning to higher education, Professor Lewis was, for 14 years, a producer, writer, director and program/production manager based in New England. During that span he worked in commercial, cable and public television, producing everything from documentaries and public affairs programs to corporate video, commercials and Division I college basketball. His independent documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and screened at more than 50 venues, including the National Gallery of Art, the Lake Placid Film Forum and The Explorers Club in NYC. These projects have taken him to Russia, Greenland, Argentina, Chile (sailing to Cape Horn), Denmark, Ireland, Newfoundland and Alaska. He is an internationally known authority on the life of controversial artist, adventurer and social activist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).
Also in attendance will be Joseph W. Slade, professor emeritus in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University and the co-producer and executive producer of the documentary. Professor Slade is also the co-director of the Central Region Humanities Center at Ohio University. The documentary is a project of the Central Region Humanities Center.