Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Category : Writers-Playwright-script
- Type : GP
- Profile : 3/6 - Martyr / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 2
African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. Born to parents who had been slaves, Dunbar started to write as a child and published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels. Suffering from tuberculosis, Dunbar died on February 9, 1906 at the age of 33.