Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson (19 July, 1875 – 18 September 1935) is an American poet and was involved in the flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance.
- Alice was among the first generation of African Americans born free in the New Orleans after the American Civil War.
- Alice graduated from Straight University in 1892, a time when fewer than 1% of Americans went to college. She became a teacher in New Orleans’ public school system.
- The Monthly Review published Ms. Moore’s collection of short stories & poems, Violets and Other Tales, in 1895.
- During the late 1800’s Ms. Moore moved to New York (previously to Boston) and co-founded White Rose Mission in Brooklyn. The home was also knowing as White Rose Home for Girls.
- Ms. Moore married Paul Laurence Dunbar, a poet and journalist, in 1898 and moved to Washington DC with him.
- The couple separated in 1902, however they never got an official divorce. Reportedly Mr. Dunbar was disturbed by Ms. Moore’s lesbian affairs. She was disturbed by his alcoholism and depression.
- Ms. Dunbar moved to Wilmingon, DE and taught at Howard High School.
- In 1910 Ms. Dunbar married a prominent physician and professor, Henry A. Callis. However that marriage also ended in divorce.
- Ms. Dunbar got involved in political activism and met Robert J. Nelson, a civil rights activist and poet. The couple married in 1916 and stayed married until death.
- Ms. Dunbar’s diary is only one of two known journals of 19th Century African American women and provides insight into the lives of African American women in 1921, 1926-1931.
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