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Melvin Beaunorus T columbia outlet olson is an African-American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and playwright whose work concentrated on the experience of African- Americans and includes several poetic histories. He lived during the Harlem Renaissance and, although he was not a participant, his work reflects its influences. Tolson's year at Columbia University from 1931 to 1932 on a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship put him in Harlem at the end of the Harlem Renaissance thus his becoming friendly with many of the writers who were associated with it most notably Langston Hughes and got inspired to develop his poetic talent. In many of his arcteryx jacket poems, therefore, Tolson would revisit the atmosphere of Harlem in the 1930's. Inspired by the achievements of people like Hughes who were around him Tolson resolved to contribute to the proud legacy black writers were establishing. His earlier collection Rendezvous and Gallery reflects the early influence of Walt Whitman, Edgar Lee Masters and Langston Hughes thus highlighting Tolson's proletarian convictions and optimistic spirit. north face down jackets This later became evident in his interest in the themes of black dignity as in his elaboration of multiracial diversity in America...These must have led to the West African Republic of Liberia declaring him its poet laureate in 1947. Born in 1900 in Moberly, Missouri, Melvin Tolson was the son of a Methodist minister and an Afro-Greek mother who was a seamstress. He was thus raised in a Methodist Episcopal household with his father a reverend who had taught himself classical languages. He moved around a circuit of small mid-western towns along with his parents between various churches in the Missouri and north face down Iowa area until finally settling in the Kansas City area. He lived in a home of contradictions. His father who had an eighth grade education was sceptical of the value of college education, but he still instilled in his son a strong desire for knowledge. As a boy he enjoyed painting but was forced to give it up by his mother's disapproval of a bohemian artist who wanted to take him along with him to Paris. So turning to poetry, he found an appropriate outlet for his creativity. At the age of 14 he had his first poem "The Wreck of the Titanic" published in the local newspaper of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Next at Kansas City in 1911 he got elected senior class poet. He graduated from Lincoln north face bionic High School in Kansas City in 1919 and enrolled in Fisk University but transferred to Lincoln University that year for financial reasons. There he met Ruth Southall and married her on the 29th of January 1922. Tolson graduated with honors in 1924, then moved to Marshall, Texas, to teach speech and English at Wiley College. While at Wiley, Tolson built up a string of epoch-making extra-curricula activities like his coaching the junior varsity football team, directing the theater club, co-founding the black inter-collegial Southern Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts as well as organizing the Wiley Forensic Society, an award-winning debating club that earned a national reputation by breaking the color bar throughout the country and meeting with unprecedented success as when during their tour in 1935, they fleece jackets competed against the University of Southern California upon which the Oprah Winfrey- produced film The Great Debaters, is based, released on 25 December 2007 (although in the movie, they debate Harvard, not USC). The film was directed by Denzel Washington. Tolson mentored many students at Wiley encouraging them not only to be well-rounded but also to always stand up for their rights, even though it was quite a controversial position to take in the U.S. South in the early and mid-20th century. From 1930 on, Tolson began denali jackets writing poetry. He took a leave of absence to earn a Master's degree in comparative literature from Columbia University in 1930-31, but didn't complete it until 1940 with the writing of a thesis on the Harlem Renaissance and the writing of his first book of poems Gallery of Harlem Portraits, poems from which appeared in Arts Quarterly, Modern Quarterly and Modern Monthly. In 1941, Dark Symphony, often considered his greatest work winning first place in a 1939 national poetry contest, was published in Atlantic Monthly. Dark Symphony compares and contrasts African-American and European-American history. In 1944 Tolson published his first poetry collection, Rendezvous with America, which includes Dark Symphony produced at the request of the editor of Atlantic Monthly upon moving to Dodd Mead. The book quickly north face denali jackets went through three editions from 1944 onwards. The Washington Tribune hired Tolson to write a weekly column, Cabbage and Caviar, in which he attacked the class pretensions and lack of racial pride of the black middle class after he left his teaching position at Wiley in the late 1940s. Tolson began teaching at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, in 1947. He also served as a dramatist and director of the Dust Bowl Theater there. One of his students there, Nathan Hare, the black studies pioneer, later became the founding publisher of The Black Scholar Another major work of his is Libretto for the Republic of Liberia (1953). Written in the form of an epic poem, it is perhaps the poet's most ambitious work. It was commissioned that year and completed in 1953 for the 1956 Liberian centennial.Cg