Modernist poet, author, and educator whose works include Libretto for the Republic of Liberia and Dark Symphony. A Gallery of Harlem Portraits, a posthumous collection of his poems, was published in 1979.His Master's thesis at Columbia University dealt with important writers of the Harlem Renaissance.He is portrayed by actor Denzel Washington in the 2007 film The Great Debaters.BEFORE FAME
He was one of four children born to an African-American Methodist minister. He studied at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.PERSONAL LIFE
He married Ruth Southall, with whom he subsequently had four children.FUN FACTS
Poet Melvin B. Tolson were born on Sunday, birthstone is Amethyst, the seaon was Winter in the Chinese year of , it is 16 days until Melvin B. Tolson next birthday.