TGR: BLACK EXCELLENCE! Howard Victorious Again Over Harvard in “Great Debate”

By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE – November 7, 2019) – Given the way American society is, it is quite a blessing to see the Howard University Speech and Debate Team make such incredible strides. Kudos to all involved in helping this HBCU team defeat an Ivy League team for the second year in a row.

Just a day or so ago, I reflected on the word efficacy. I heard it used often in my days in Baltimore City Public Schools. It means that anyone can learn, and I believe that. In short, Howard’s victory on the debate stage is just a subtle reminder that greatness indeed lies in our youth – no matter how wicked and vicious this world can be.

Further, I pray that every student in America can gain a solid form of higher education – college or trade school – without falling into debt.

Lastly, I must add that while I am glad to get this news, I only wished we’d found out sooner because it is such an awesome accomplishment that we want the world to know!

Anyway, here are the details from the Howard University Newsroom …


This is the tenth “Great Debate” for both universities.

WASHINGTON – On October 28, 2019, the Howard University Speech and Debate Team had their tenth “Great Debate” against Harvard University during the Connecticut State NAACP 54th Annual State Convention at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Nearly 10,000 people were in attendance of this public exhibition.

The performance team consisted of four students, senior Virgil Parker, juniors Michael Franklin and David Edgerton, III, and freshman Nadrat Amos. “The Howard versus Harvard debate was an extraordinary experience that I hope inspired its listeners to pay more attention to issues affecting civil society,” said Parker.

(Photo Courtesy of the Team) Howard University Speech and Debate Team

The entire team is led by Angela Minor Esq., an associate professor in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Forensics Program. “When Howard University debates Harvard University it always renders amazing talent from both teams!” said Minor, who is also the coach of the Mock Trial and Speech and Debate Teams. “It is my distinct honor and privilege to coach the Howard University Speech and Debate Team. These types of events allow Harvard and Howard to showcase their intellectual prowess and argumentation on matters concerning all Americans, regardless of race, creed or color!

At debate exhibitions, students debate on subjects without a declared winner. This year the following resolutions we delivered:

Resolution #1: 

Resolved: This house believes that the House of Representatives should pursue the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

Resolution #2: 

Resolved: This house believes Roc Nation, the business affiliated with Jay-Z should not have entered into a contract with the NFL.

Watch the entire debate here: