After 74 Years, Wiley Gets to Debate SMU

After 74 Years, Wiley Gets to Debate SMU
February 26, 2009

Southern Methodist University technically won Wednesday night's debate competition with Wiley College, but participants saw a moral victory for both sides. The Dallas Morning News reported that SMU called off a contest with Wiley in 1935, apparently concerned about civil rights activism by the coach of the historically black college's debate coach. The story of Wiley's debate victories in a segregated era captured national attention last year with a movie whose star, Denzel Washington, donated funds to Wiley to revive its debate squad. And that made it possible for SMU and Wiley to finally meet.



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