Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Howard Becomes First HBCU to Win Debate Title

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Howard Becomes First HBCU to Win Debate Title

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - After failing to place well enough in the regional competition to earn an automatic bid to the nationals, Howard University's Martin Luther King Jr. Forensics Society went on to become the first debating team from an historically Black college or university (HBCU) to win the Mock Trial Debate National Championship.

The Howard debating squad, coached by Professor of Communications Debyii Sababu Thomas, emerged from the 63-team Gold Flight championship in Des Moines, Iowa, early last month with an 11-0 score. It was the first time in the competition's thirteen-year history that a team won the title by going undefeated.

"We Tiger Woodsed them," said Thomas, referring to the historic and record-breaking Masters Tournament victory by twenty-one-yearold golfer Tiger Woods.

To get to the championship competition, the Howard students had to do well in the Silver Flight competition, which was held the previous week in St. …

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