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Baltimore’s Own ‘Great Debaters’ April 14, 2008

Posted by twilightandreason in Higher Education.
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CEDA National Champions Dayvon Love (R) and Deven Cooper

A hearty Black on Campus congratulations to 22-year-old Deven Cooper and 20-year-old Dayvon Love. On Monday, March 24 these two members of the Towson University debate team, became the first African Americans to with the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National Championship.

A recent article in the San Francisco Examiner explains the risky and innovative approach that they took to victory:

Instead of arguing their chosen topic about Middle East policy, the Baltimore natives argued the need to address exclusion in the debate community, specifically the “racism, sexism and homophobia” that Cooper says pervade debate tournaments.

In another departure from tradition, they used song clips and hip-hop to make their points.

Both competitors were aware that their unique approach was a bold and potentially devastating break with debating tradition. The SF Examiner notes that, “Cooper, en route to another tournament, told The (Baltimore) Sun that he and Love did not expect to win.” 

Click HERE to hear a really wonderful NPR interview with these interesting and talented competitors.

Additional links on this topic:

Townson U. Debaters Take National Championship

Video Footage of the Towson vs. top seeded Kansas

Posted by Ajuan Mance

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