Thomas Marson

Thomas Marson – Actor and Social Reformer

Thomas Marson was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken into custody in Amery, Wisconsin.

In the 1940s she worked for the BBC as a presenter and compere for shows such as Picture Page and Calling the West Indies, traveling frequently to Jamaica to raise money for children’s education.

Early Life and Education

Marson was an active proponent of social reform. Her works “Huppim & Muppim” and “And Ard” provided fierce critiques of unimaginative religious education in schools, while she actively supported Lucy Morice’s fight for Votes for Women.

As with Claude McKay, she championed a Caribbean literary and cultural renaissance. Her work was deeply rooted in Jamaican traditions while simultaneously opening up dialogue with other black artistic forms.

Her plays such as London Calling are full of feminist principles. Her experiences of racism in Britain helped to change her conceptions of race and political organization. Additionally, she worked in various overseas women organizations; being particularly concerned about Ethiopia and supporting its Emperor in his appeal against Italian atrocities against women there.

Professional Career

Marson began acting professionally during the 1990s. He played key roles in Boogies Diner (1994), Ally McBeal (1997,) and Ally vs. Marson (2007) where his performance garnered positive reviews from audiences.

Marson joined the Capitals as a rookie believing that, as long as he demonstrated his worth on the ice, his race and creed wouldn’t matter. Unfortunately, upon discovering what makes the NHL different than Ontario’s top junior league was his daily exposure to racism: from taunts off-ice to death threats at both Capital Centre and his suburban home he endured experiences no young player should have to go through.

Personal Life

Marson was an outspoken political activist. For years she edited Jamaica Critic – honing both her journalistic skills and developing her political opinions and views while advocating feminism and supporting local social causes.

In the 1970s, FBI agents spied on Marson, Fratianno, and Jackie Presser (Teamsters boss) among others and heard them discussing illegal acts such as extortion, loan-sharking, land fraud and more.

The author of this biography conducted admirable, thorough research. He searched school records, unpublished correspondence and forgotten cassette tapes before unearthing incriminating photographs from 1977 photo shoot of Marson backstage at Westchester Premier theatre where he can be seen hanging out with mobster boss Carlo Gambino and capo Gregory DePalma among others. Furthermore, relatives in England were tracked down while national records at Findmypast were also reviewed.

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