I wanted to let readers know that the debate teams from Wiley College of Marshall and Southern Methodist University of Dallas will stage two “Great Debates” on April 29th and 30th in the majestic county courtroom of the historic Harrison County Courthouse. The city will sponsor a reception in the rotunda of the courthouse at 5:00 p.m. Debates will begin at 6:30 p.m.
A month ago, the Wiley team placed first and the SMU team placed second at the Pi Kappa Delta national championships in Lexington, KY. The Friday and Saturday night debates will culminate a weeklong celebration of James Farmer, Marshallite and founder of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The Wiley team that included Farmer in the 1930’s was the subject of the movie “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington.
Marshall’s very own Paramount Theater will be showing a different film each night the week of April 25-28, ramping up to the “Great Debates” on April 29th and 30th. The films will begin at 6:00 p.m. each night and there is no charge; however, donations to the Wiley College Great Debaters are welcome!
TICKETS FOR THE DEBATES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HARRISON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM OR FROM GAIL BEIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Seating in the chairs in the jury box, in the middle of the courtroom during the debate, will be offered for $100 each and may be purchased through the Harrison County Historical Museum or through the website of Wiley College’s Great Debaters. All other seating is $25.00.