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Bonnie Tolson

Poetry

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.

| Subject Matter: History, Family, Biography, Kansas City | Interview Year: 2008 | Genre: Poetry |

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