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Inspire and Educate, Build (bridges) and Serve (Others)! That is my motto for life, and as a writer.

Background Information

As a working-class kid growing up in Buffalo, NY, I learned numerous important lessons from my parents and loved ones chief among them are these:  trust God; work hard, never giving up; and serve others for the good.

As a writer, educator and scholar, I write to shed light; I write to build bridges.  My work delves into harsh realities murder, betrayal, alienation and lostness.  I write about racism, sexism and age-ism.   Yet, amidst the seeming chaos, I strive to show hope.   I strive to show Providence or perseverance at work.


While in graduate school, I took a class from the famed writer, James Baldwin.  In The Fire Next Time, he observes:  "Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality."  The profundity of that statement is this: we can transcend race; we can transcend difference. I write and speak and work toward the transcendence of difference and the forging of communities. My late mother was, among other things, a community and church worker, canvassing for charities, sheltering those in need, giving.  Perhaps I learned all this from her.

One aspect of my legacy is memorialized in the gospel song, "Brighten the Corner where You Are."  I hope that my writing serves as an agent of brightness and illumination.

Birth Place
Buffalo, NY USA

Finalist, 2000 Ohioana Fiction Award, for
The Race is Not Given (novel)

Recipient, Artist's Fellowship, Montgomery County Regional Arts and Cultural District, October 1997

Winner, Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head
Fiction Award, 4th Annual Black Writer's Conference, Chicago State Univ., 1994

Ford Foundation Summer Fellowship, 1993

Honoree, Frank E. Dobson Poetry Contest at Dunbar High School, Dayton, Ohio, established and funded by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1987-1992.

Honorable Mention for poetry, Writer's Digest writing competition, 1981

Additional Information

Ph.D., in English, Published Scholar in Black Culture and American Popular Culture; Playwright and Screenwriter

Contact Information
Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Vanderbilt University 
Nashville TN 37235   USA
Contact Author: Frank E Dobson, Jr;
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My personal website.

Frank Dobson Profile
History of Black Writing Profile of My work.

Playwright and Screenwriter
Currently working on adapting my works for the screen

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