TCU debate team vs. “The Great Debaters” of Wiley College on March 18

The Forensic Frogs 1935 team: (top, left to right) Byron Buckeridge, Edith Blakeway; (bottom, left to right) J.B. Trimble, Mamie Snodgrass.

The Forensic Frogs 1935 team: (top, left to right) Byron Buckeridge, Edith Blakeway; (bottom, left to right) J.B. Trimble, Mamie Snodgrass.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first interracial debate on an American college campus, TCU vs. Wiley College in 1935, TCU Forensics is restaging the event by welcoming the current Wiley team on Wednesday, March 18.

Mark your calendar for 7 p.m. in the Reading Room of the TCU Library, the exact site of the original challenge. It will be free and open to the public.

Wiley College, a four-year university located in Marshall, Texas, is one of the oldest historically black colleges west of the Mississippi River.

Its 1935 debate team became the subject of a 2007 movie The Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington. The drama is based on the true story of Wiley professor Melvin B. Tolson who inspired students to form a debate team which eventually challenged Harvard in the national championship.

Read more in TCU 360, the University’s official student newspaper.

The debate team from Wiley College.

The debate team from Wiley College.

 

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