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Leslie Wallace Dunbar, American writer, consultant. Guggenheim fellow, 1954-1955; United Negro College Fund scholar-at-large, 1984-1985.


Dunbar, Leslie Wallace was born on January 27, 1921 in Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States. Son of Marion Leslie and Minnie Lee (Crickenberger) Dunbar.


Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1946. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1948.


Assistant professor political science, Emory University, Atlanta, 1948-1951;chief community affairs, Savannah River plant Atomic Energy Commission, Aiken, South Carolina., 1951-1954;assistant professor political science, Mount Holyoke College, 1955-1958;director research, Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, 1958-1961;executive director, Southern Regional Council, 1961-1965;executive director, secretary, Field Foundation, New York City, 1965-1980;visiting professor political science, U. Arizona, 1981. Consultant Fund for Peace, National Urban League, 1981-1984. Senior project associate social welfare policy, 1985-1987, Ford Foundation.

Guardian ad litem State of North Carolina, since 1993.



President Nation Institute, 1980-1984, board directors, 1980-1986. Board directors Village ofPelham (New York) Library Board, 1980-1984, president, 1982-1984. Board directors Children's Foundation, 1980-1986, president, 1982-1984.

Board directors Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, since 1987, vice president, 1987-1992. Board directors Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1976-1987, Field Foundation, 1978-1980, Minority Rights Group, New York City, 1980-1985, Center National Security Studies, 1980-1987, Amnesty International/United States of America, 1984-1986, Winston Foundation for World Peace, 1985-1998, Voter Education Project, 1987-1990, North Carolina Council Churches, 1991-1993, Ruth Mott Fund, since 1988, chair, 1992-1994, Windcall Resident Program (selection committee), 1990-1994, Southeastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Staples, Inc. (SEEDS), since 1998; deacon Watts St. Baptist Church, Durham, since 1998.

Fellow Southern Regional Council (life).


Married Peggy Rawls, July 5, 1942 (deceased November 29, 2009). 1 foster child Nha Van (deceased) children: Linda Dunbar Knox(deceased), Anthony Paul.

Marion Leslie Dunbar

Minnie Lee (Crickenberger) Dunbar

Peggy Rawls

Linda Dunbar Kravitz Dunbar

Anthony Paul Dunbar