Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) was the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim. His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America.
'Lias! 'Lias! Bless de Lawd!
Don' you know de day's erbroad?
Ef you don' git up, you scamp,
Dey'll be trouble in dis camp.
Tink I gwine to let you sleep
W'ile I meks yo' boa'd an' keep?
Dat's a putty howdy-do