Wordstock, a celebration of language, Charles Dumas

Juneteenth Celebration MLK PLaza 2020, State College. Video courtesy of Terry Lee Watson.

Watch Charles Dumas On the Moe Stroemel and Jason Winfield Show, The Weird Turn Special Edition where he talks about his play. “Blues is the Root, The Willie Dixon Story” and one of his newest essays “I Still Can’t Breathe.”

Charles Dumas is a professor emeritus at Penn State University where he was the first African-American to: receive tenure, become a full professor, and be appointed emeritus. He has been a judge for Poetry Out Loud numerous times both at the local and state level. In a related activities- he was the producer/director of the Miss Penn State Pageant for five years and a judge for the daytime EMMYs. He is a regular voter for the SAG/AFTRA acting awards. Dumas has had a professional career as an actor, writer and director. He has appeared in over 200 plays, films, and TV programs. He has an Ensemble Emmy for his work in Separate But Equal. He won a best actor award from the Hollywood/Beverly Hills NAACP for B.C. Historia. His 30 produced plays have received numerous awards. His feature film, Surfacing is due to be released next year. He has two books: Boomer Under the Baobab, Nontraditional Casting. The Dumas’ are currently collaborating on Get On Board, a memoir about their lives in the civil rights movement.