Thomas L Blair
Sadly Dunbar died in New York, US, recently after a long illness.
Ever alert, he probed beneath the outer surface of evidence on political tours in Africa. He served as an advisor to [New York] Governor Averell Harriman on a 9-nation African fact-finding tour for presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in 1960 [while on a leave of absence from Look].
The results were innovatory. Dunbar’s Look pieces evoke the era: Inside Negro Africa: Crisis in the Congo: The Rude Awakening (1959). He covered prominent news developments and personalities including Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. His book The Black Expatriates: A study of American Negroes in exile (1968) appeared, significantly, in the turbulent sixties when exile with the prospect of a better life, however imperfect, seemed a paradise compared to racism and blocked opportunities in their homeland.
*Professor Thomas L Blair writes on Black Britain, Afro-Europe and the African Diaspora, and publishes the Chronicleworld http://www. chronicleworld.org and http://chronicleworld.wordpress.com, and http://www.thomblair.org.uk.