NPR logo

Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17570617/17570610" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

Around the Nation

Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17570617/17570610" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Great Debaters is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in Texas. In 1935, Tolson inspired and led the university's first African-American debate team to compete in the national finals and beat the University of Southern California. His grandson, Ken Tolson, shares his grandfather's story and Melvin Tolson's impact on society.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.