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The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters were established in 1925 and are the only speech or debate team to enjoy a single defeat in a ten year period. The team was dissolved after Melvin B. Tolson's departure in 1947, until Denzel Washington helped to reestablish it in 2008. Since then, the team has won thousands of awards and scores of National Championships.
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  • Established
    in 1925
  • Defeated
    the National Champions in 1935
  • Won Pi Kappa Delta Nationals
    in 2014

From the Director

The end of the year is a time to reflect on the entirety of the competitive season, in an effort to steer the ...

Hall of Champions

The ultimate goal of a forensics competitor is to become a national champion.  Though there are multiple ...


The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society competes in a variety of events. They range from deba...


Wiley College has implemented the first Debate Across the Curriculum program in American higher education as p...

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