The Oklahoma Conference
of the NAACP presents
The Dust Bowl Players
of Langston University

M.B. Tolson

The Fire in the Flint

Historic Premiere

A dramatization based on the novel
The Fire in the Flint by Walter White.
Oklahoma City, June 28, 1952

LEFT: Melvin B. Tolson
and Walter White backstage

Mrs. Rosa B. Moore, mother of martyred
Harry T. Moore, receives the Spingarn Medal from
N.J.Congressman Clifford P. Case. Crisis Nov 1980

    In addition to writing original dramas, Tolson adapted two novels for the stage: George Schuyler's BLACK NO MORE and Walter White's FIRE IN THE FLINT.

Tolson's FIRE IN THE FLINT premiered at the 43rd NAACP Conference in Oklahoma on June 28, 1952 with a performance by The Dust Bowl Players who were also directed by Tolson. We include 2 photos of Tolson backstage with Walter White, a copy of 2 pages of the script, the programs for the performance and the conference, and a few external links related to the tragic case of the civil rights activists Harriette and Harry T. Moore. The performance was dedicated to the Moores.

Mrs. Rosa B. Moore received the Spingarn Medal at the Conference on behalf of her son. The Moore's daughter, Evangeline Moore, who was not home at the time of the bombing of the Moore's home (see news article below), has worked to promote the story of her parents' contribution to the Civil Rights Struggles of our time.

notes on:

Walter White

Fire in the Flint


The Work of a Mob

Two Pages of the Script

Tolson's dramatic adaptation of
Fire in the Flint

Dust Bowl Players


NAACP Conference Program

External Links:

from The Crisis
Aug - Sept 1952

A Report on the
NAACP Oklahoma Conference

google news
The St. Petersburg Times
December 27, 1951

Negro Educator is Killed
As Explosion Wrecks Home

    from WBIR

Evangeline Moore Visits
Replica of Parent's House