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Jonna McKone

The standard picture of a debate team looks something like this: white students in jackets and rep ties from schools like Dartmouth and Princeton. But that’s changing, especially in Baltimore, which has developed a reputation for producing some of the most accomplished high school and college debaters in the country.

Take rising 10th grader at Baltimore City College, Nicolas Broaddus, who stands in front of the  judges at the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute’s debate competition. Clad in a dashiki he’s talking about things that "...constitute the domestic aspect of the US transnational network of secret prisons and black sites..."

The Art of Argument

Apr 4, 2014
Left to Right:  Ignacio Evans, debate coach; Ameena Ruffin, Korey Johnson (holding cup); Amber Kelsie, debate coach.
Photo courtesy of Towson University.

Last month, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team, won the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship.  They are the first African American women’s team to win a national title.  On the way to their victory, they bested teams from Harvard, Michigan, NYU and many other prestigious schools.