As in: “While Du Bois’s veil and Dunbar’s mask prosaically speak to segregation, myopia, pretense, and other fundamentally detached, circuitous encounters between blacks and whites and within black communities, the metaphors themselves create vivid, experiential settings and imagery that, together with real-life indignities and obscurations that African Americans have long known, tender visual responses to those social realities.”
Smithsonian American Art Museum., Powell, R. J., & Mecklenburg, V. M. (2012). African American art: Harlem Renaissance, civil rights era, and beyond. Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum p. 14.
- For definitions of prosaically, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
- For information about Paul Laurence Dunbar consult the Credo Reference Collection.
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