or, the children of Ham, (the Negro race) as seen by the ancient historians and poets : a paper
by Perry, Rufus L. (Rufus Lewis), 1833 or 4-1895
He was born a slave, the son of Lewis Perry, in Smith County, Tennessee. When he was 7 years old, his father escaped to Canada. He too escaped and later entered Kalamazoo University, where he was graduated in 1861. He was ordained the same year as pastor of the Second Baptist Chirch in Ann Arbor. In later years he served as a school superintendent, as well as editor of several newspapers. He died June 19, 1895.
Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American poets to achieve international acclaim. Born in 1872, the Dayton, Ohio native was also a prolific author of short stories, novels, librettos, essays and articles. Dunbar became a major inspiration for Harlem Renaissance authors like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. (More)