The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters

In 1930s Texas, students at a predominately black college form a debate team.

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The Great Debaters


Docudrama, Drama127 Mins2007PG-13

Poet and professor Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. He decides to start a debate team, something nearly unheard of at a black college. While at first he butts heads with the influential father (Forest Whitaker) of one of his best debators, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions.


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