Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, has just announced the creation of a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speech and Debate League, with support from a Charles Koch Foundation grant.
Christopher Medina, director of forensics at Wiley College and head coach of Wiley’s famed Great Debaters, will lead the HBCU League, which will aid in team development and organize tournaments. The first national championship tournament is planned for January 2018.
“Debate is probably the most powerful educational activity ever created,” said Medina. “This activity does more than educate, it saves lives. [It] is a profound pedagogy that provides students with skills and educational opportunities which can be used throughout a student’s life, regardless of their chosen career path.”