Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy 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.
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Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

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Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

Melvin Tolson's Grandson Discusses His Legacy

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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.