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Dimensions: 30 inches wide, 36 inches tall
Inkjet on matte paper, printed on both sides

Letter 166 Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote to Booker T. Washington in response to his rebuttals of the commissioned song Dunbar was asked to write for the Tuskegee Institute. The Tuskegee Institute was the first higher education institute opened for African Americans. Booker T. Washington was one of the founders who helped establish the school. During the time of this letter, Dunbar was struggling with his tuberculosis diagnosis, however he was still writing and producing new work. Within this letter Dunbar debates Washington’s views and objections to various lyrics in which Dunbar believes are correctly placed and worded. One of the most important aspects of this reading is the relationship between Dunbar and Washington. While they had different views on the song it is made clear that Dunbar still has the utmost respect and admiration for Washington. Even within those feelings of great admiration, Dunbar still stands his ground and fights for the original written version of the song. This letter shows a confident side of Dunbar as he defends his work. The type palette is Adriane Text designed by Marconi Lima and IvyOra Display designed by Jan Maack. These type families were chosen because of their designers and the overall look and feel which was aesthetically pleasing and helped convey the overall message.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio History, Black history, Typography, Graphic Design


Graphic Design


Throughout the process of creating this poster, I was able to learn about the life and triumphs of Paul Laurence Dunbar. I appreciated being able to learn about a native Dayton poet and his life experiences and struggles.

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