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Thomas Covington Dent
was an African American
African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...
poet and writer.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Dent was born on March, 20 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana
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, to Albert Dent, president of Dillard University
Dillard University is a private, historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1930 incorporating earlier institutions that went back to 1869, it is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church....
and Ernestine Jessie Covington Dent, a concert pianist. He was the oldest of three sons. Thomas graduated from Gilbert Academy in 1947. He continued his education at Morehouse College
Morehouse College is a private, all-male, liberal arts, historically black college located in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with Hampden-Sydney College and Wabash College, Morehouse is one of three remaining traditional men's colleges in the United States....
receiving a bachelor's degree
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in political science
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in 1952. Thomas furthered his education at Syracuse University
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eventually receiving his doctorate
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in international studies in 1956.
Thomas Dent was a member of the U.S. Army
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for two years, 1957-59.
His published works included the book of poetry, Magnolia Street
He was a passionate groomer of other Black writers and worked hard to sustain the Free Southern Theatre writing workshop and Congo Square Writers' Union in his hometown of New Orleans and the Umbra Workshop
Umbra was a collective of young Black writers based in Manhattan's Lower East Side founded in 1962. Major members included the following writers:*Steve Cannon*Thomas Covington Dent/Tom Dent*Al Haynes*David Henderson*Calvin C. Hernton*Joe Johnson...
on the Lower East Side in New York
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