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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:00pm



Public Debate on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech – 50th anniversary

SMU’s debate team will conduct a public debate with Wiley College on the question of whether America is advancing on King’s dream in 2013. The event will feature readings from MLK’s speech on August 28,1963, which culminated the historic civil rights march on Washington, and a letter by the ‘great debater’ James Farmer, Jr., a key civil rights leader from Texas who was in jail for activism and unable to attend the march in person. The event is open to the public, and audience participation is encouraged. Wiley, a historically black college in Marshall, Texas, was highlighted in the 2007 film The Great Debaters, the story of the school’s 1935 debate team that broke racial boundaries and defeated a national championship team from a white university. SMU had invited Wiley to campus in 1935, but the debate had to be canceled; the two schools finally kept their debate appointment in 2009 and have maintained a relationship ever since. The program is sponsored by the Meadows School’s Division of Communication Studies.