Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080215
The late Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966) was a poet and educator, who has re-emerged in the public consciousness with the recent film, The Great Debaters. Author of A Gallery of Harlem Portraits, Tolson hailed from Kansas City, Missouri, where part of his family still resides, including a younger cousin, Bonnie Tolson, who is a painter and poet in her own right. She responds to some recordings of Tolson reading his poetry. We’ll also hear some comments by his biographer, Robert Farnsworth.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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