Article Photos: Endangered black history: Langston 1/10

Melvin B. Tolson Home A marker outside a weathered house identifies it as the home of Melvin B. Tolson, pictured right. If you don’t recognize his name, perhaps you’ll remember Denzel Washington’s portrayal of him in “The Great Debaters.”   Under Tolson’s guidance, debaters from Wiley College, a black school in Texas, took on teams at white universities — something never done before.   Tolson worked for 17 years at Langston University (from 1947-64) and was the town’s mayor for three terms.The Oklahoman Archives