Alice Dunbar Nelson nee Ruth Moore (1875 - 1935) - Alice Dunbar Nelson was an American poet, journalist and political activist who was one of the first generation of children who were born free in the South of the United States after the civil war and she was one of the prominent African-Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance.
Her work included Violets and Other Tales, The Colored United States and From a Woman’s Point of View. She married her first husband another poet named Paul Laurence Dunbar but the marriage had become strained between the two people due to Paul’s alcoholism and his depression.
Alice’s husband claimed that Alice was unfaithful to him and she had affairs with other women. Alice finally left Paul in 1902 after he nearly beat her to death.
After Alice Dunbar Nelson died in 1935, her legacy lives on through her work and have inspired the next generation of poets, civil rights activists, writers and journalists from the African-American and LGBTQ communities. 🌈