An Alice Dunbar-Nelson Chronology
Gloria T. Hull
1875 July 19, born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1892 Graduated from Straight College, New Orleans; subsequently studied at Cornell, Columbia, the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art, and the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in English educational measurements and psychology.
1892-1896 Taught school in New Orleans.
1895 Published Violets and Other Tales (Boston: The Monthly Review Press)short stories and poems.
1897-1898 Taught in Brooklyn, New York; helped to found the White Rose Mission, which became the White Rose Home for Girls in Harlem.
1898 March 8, married poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and began living in Washington, D.C.
1899 Published The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co. )short stories.
1902 Separated from Paul Laurence Dunbar and moved to Wilmington, Delaware (he died February 6, 1906).
1902-1920 Taught and administered at the Howard High School, Wilmington; for seven of these years, also directed the summer sessions for in-service teachers at State College for Colored Students (now Delaware State College). Dover; and taught two years in the summer session at Hampton Institute.
1909 April, published "Wordsworth's Use of Milton's Description of Pandemonium" in Modern Language Notes.
1910 January 19, married teacher Henry Arthur Callis secretly in Wilmington. He left the next year for medical school in Chicago. (They were later divorced at some unknown time.)
1913-1914 Wrote for and helped edit the A.M.E. Church Review.
1914 Edited and published Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Douglass Publishing Company).
1915 Was field organizer for the Middle Atlantic States in the campaign for women's suffrage.
1916 April 20, married Robert J. Nelson, a journalist.
1916-1917 Published a two-part article, "People of Color in Louisiana," in The Journal of Negro History.
1917-1928 Published poems in Crisis, Ebony and Topaz, Opportunity, Negro Poets and Their Poems, Caroling Dusk, The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer, Harlem: A Forum of Negro Lift, etc.
1918 Toured the South as a field representative of the Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense.
1920 Served on the State Republican Committee of Delaware and directed political activities among black women; edited and published The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer (Naperville, Illinois: J. L. Nichols and Co.); drawing on her interests in juvenile delinquency and "abnormal psychology," worked with women from the State Federation of Colored Women to found the Industrial School for Colored Girls in Marshalltown, Delaware.
1920-1922 Coedited and published the Wilmington Advocate newspaper.
1921 August, began her Diary and kept an extant portion of it for the remainder of the year.
1922 Headed the Anti-Lynching Crusaders in Delaware fighting for the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill.
1924 Directed the Democratic political campaign among black women from New York headquarters; August and September, published a two-part article on Delaware in "These 'Colored' United States" in The Messenger.
1924-1928 Was teacher and parole officer at the Industrial School for Colored Girls.
1926 January 2-September 18, wrote column "From A Woman's Point of View" (later changed to "Une Femme Dit") in the Pittsburgh Courier.
1926-1930 Wrote column "As In a Looking Glass" in the Washington Eagle (her columns and/or versions of them were also syndicated for the Associated Negro Press).
1926-1931 Resumed and kept the remaining extant portions of her Diary.
1928-1931 Was executive secretary of the American Friends Inter-Racial Peace Committee, which entailed much travel and public speaking.
1930 January-May, wrote column "So It Seems to Alice Dunbar-Nelson" in the Pittsburgh Courier.
1931 Included in James Weldon Johnson's The Book of American Negro Poetry.
1932 Moved to Philadelphia, after Robert was appointed to the Pennsylvania Athletic (Boxing) Commission in January.
1935 September 18, died of heart trouble at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She was cremated in Wilmington and her ashes eventually scattered over the Delaware River.
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