[Program]: Langston University Reception in Honor of His Excellency William V. S. Tubman, President of the Republic of Liberia. Student Union. November 9, 1954

Langston, Oklahoma: Langston University, 1954.

Price: $650.00

Softcover. First edition. One printed leaf of decorated card folded to make four pages. Slight bump in one corner, near fine. Entire text consists of a two-page essay "written in anticipation of Tubman's arrival," and printing, in part, excerpts from poems by African-American poet and poet laureate of Liberia, Melvin B. Tolson. Signed by Tolson on the cover. A rare, ephemeral item, especially given that the event, for which this program was printed, was canceled by Tubman.

In 1947, President Tubman named Melvin B. Tolson as Liberia's poet laureate. In 1953 Tolson completed a major epic poem, in honor of the nation's centennial, *The Libretto for the Republic of Liberia*, with excerpts from the poem printed in this 1954 program. Tolson was also the basis for the central character in the movie *The Great Debaters* (2007), directed by and starring, Denzel Washington.

Not in *OCLC*, although The Library of Congress does note a copy along with the handwritten manuscript draft of the text of the program amongst Tolson's papers, which are held at the Library.


Item #521252

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Item #521252 [Program]: Langston University Reception in Honor of His Excellency William V. S. Tubman, President of the Republic of Liberia. Student Union. November 9, 1954. Melvin B. TOLSON.