Article Photos: Endangered black history: Langston 1/10

Melvin B. Tolson HomeâA marker outside a weathered house identifies it as the home of Melvin B. Tolson, pictured right. If you donât recognize his name, perhaps youâll remember Denzel Washingtonâs portrayal of him in âThe Great Debaters.â  âUnder Tolsonâs guidance, debaters from Wiley College, a black school in Texas, took on teams at white universities â something never done before.  âTolson worked for 17 years at Langston University (from 1947-64) and was the townâs mayor for three terms.The Oklahoman Archives