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    Taking place in the 1930’s, The Great Debaters is a true story that revolves around an African-American debate coach, Melvin B. Tolson, who strives for his debate team of four kids, to be equal to the whites. During the time period, segregation and the Jim Crow laws were still in effect, making life for blacks difficult. This movie shows us how public speaking and communication were important, especially during debates. There were two boys on the debate team, Henry Lowe and Hamilton Burgess who were both intelligent and superb public speakers and debaters. Then we met two other members, young James Farmer Jr. and the lovely Samantha Brooke, who were both nervous and intimidated to speak in the beginning. This showed me that not everyone is comfortable speaking publically, but with practice, you can get better and improve at it.…

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    Growing up in Marshal, Texas in the 1930s, a group of powerful students from Wiley College, an all-black institute, began to leave their mark on this old segregated town. Conquering every debate team in their path, little Willey College soon faced Harvard, the school of the elite, so they say. From determination and perseverance this small group of kids defeated the odds becoming the reigning champions in the south at the time. While some critiques feel that this film is racially melodramatic…

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    is in a disagreement with a Caucasian person, how is it possible to sway that white person’s views or beliefs while this disease is prevalent? Having the chance to change their point of view can be challenging and strenuous. On the contrary, when emotion is used to fuel and enhance an argument, it has the ability to be powerful beyond measure. By applying emotion during an argument, whether one’s own emotion or using someone else’s against them, it has the potential to persuade a dissenting…

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    The Great Debaters The film, “The Great Debaters” released in 2007 was a drama based on the life of Melvin B. Tolson and how he aggressively sought to change the perspective of the next generation of African American students in a Jim Crow South. The majority of the film takes place at the all black Wiley College in Marshal, Texas during the 1930’s. Tolson, a professor at Wiley, forms the college’s debate team consisting of; Henry Lowe, a student well versed in poetry, James Farmer…

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    The film Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington is a powerful example of a movie that can show you different aspects of the change in society. The movie is about a teacher, Denzel Washington who tried to teach an African American debate team how to compete and to improve on every level. This was a hard thing to do because around this time in America, it was hard for anybody of color to be this successful. He ran into many roadblocks while trying to produce success and making sure that his…

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    How does the main character (or main characters) exemplify someone with gifted abilities? In the movie “The Great Debaters”, the main character demonstrates the abilities of a gifted person in several ways. The college professor, as his title suggests, nearly ideal example of leadership of a gifted person. Professor Tolson brings together a black debate team at Wiley College to compete against the best in the country. To assemble a group of students for a common goal, it requires leadership…

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    Great Debaters Theme

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    “The Great Debaters” In Denzel Washington’s movie “The Great Debaters”, many different themes are represented dealing with the idea of identity. Identity is the state or fact of remaining the same. Identity of accepting one’s race, gender, and recognizing the power of knowledge. These themes are shown throughout the movie which is about a college professor who boldly challenged the discriminatory Jim Crow laws of the 1930s. The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enforcing racial…

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    During the Great Depression whites people were still discriminate against colors people. African American started to fight back with racial riots, protest on civil right movement. White people had another thing coming, African American were building a union to let other know that we are human and should be treated equally. Each movement of African American union leaders inspire young and old our brother and sister to do better for themselves. In 1935 in little small town Marshall, Texas the…

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    rationale for Jim Crow laws was that the laws protected Blacks from society. Many Whites in the Southern states were angry at the Confederate’s defeat and they resented African Americans. In theory by separating Blacks and Whites, Blacks wouldn’t have to constantly deal with the verbal and physical abuse of Whites. Jim Crow tried to justify its racism by saying it was protection for blacks. Jim Crow laws were democratic, white supremacist justified their racist views by saying it was agreed upon…

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    I was taught, since 9/11, to keep my head down and to not draw attention to myself. This is what life has taught me, that you cannot be given what you have to have patience in order to achieve your goal. Similar to Mr. Tolson when explaining to Henry in the movie “The Great Debaters” on why they cannot stay on campus of a white college, and if they are just receiving bread crumbs from the white man, all Mr. Tolson said was “one step at a time” (Washington, The Great Debaters). We cannot, as is…

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