Hartford Students Attend the Great Debate

Spotlight on Excellence     April 2013

Hartford Students Attend the Great Debate


EXCERPTED FROM ARTICLE, "NAACP Great Debate set for Thursday in New Haven"
By Shahid Abdul-Karim
sabdul-karim@newhavenregister.com / Twitter: @Shahid_Akarim
NEW HAVEN — The Connecticut State Conference NAACP presented its fifth annual Great Debate at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Shubert Theater.

Yale University and Morehouse College faced off over the issues of ‘stop-and-frisk’ and death penalty laws.

“This debate is very important, because we have young people embracing intellectual competition and intellectual stimulation around the cutting edge issues facing this country,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“We have the best and brightest young people being heard on these issues that impact people’s lives,” he said. “These debates are compelling, because every time we have these events they sell out,”

Esdaile said the debate started in New Haven in 2008 and also has been featured in Seattle, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. This will be the fifth debate held in New Haven.

In addition, some of the competing schools have included; Wiley College, Yale University, Harvard University, Howard University and Morehouse College. Rodney Cohen, assistant dean and director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, will moderate the event. Cohen holds a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University and has written many articles related to African American issues.

For mre information about the debate, contact Carlah Bragg at 203-506-2424.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim at 203-789-5614.

The following numbers of students from Hartford Public Schools attended the event:
Rawson – 55
Jumoke – 50
Weaver – 30
HPHS – 35
Bulkeley – 25

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