What will be unique in our debate is we acknowledge the problematic with each candidate strategically and grasp the risk/reward equation, this will make the debate most meaningful.
The Strategy and Soul Thursday Night Revolutionary Organizing Film & Book Club is proud to begin the year with the Film showing of the Great Debaters.
The Great Debaters is a brilliant political film. It is the story of the Wiley College (HBCU), Marshall Texas, debate team initiated and coached by Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) a college professor by day and a communist organizer of sharecroppers by night. The core narrative is the story of the greatest debate team in U.S. history and the finale of the film is the Black Wiley college debate team debates against the white Harvard debate team for the national championship. Screenplay by Robert Eisele based on the article by Tony Sherman, it has a sensational cast. The debate team—Samantha Book, a Black woman in 1935,, played by Jurnee Smolett, Henry Lowe (Nate Parker) James Farmer Jr. (Denzel Whitaker) and Rev. James Farmer Sr. (Forest Whitaker). What a great film about the cultural, political, gender, and class unity and struggle inside the Black community, the role of intellect and debate in training the mind, and shockingly, a film that shows a communist in such an attractive light. Although no matter which character Denzel Washington plays, he is phenomenally attractive. Join us for a great film, evening, and a debate with Akunna Uka and myself—who will be debating but are on the same team.
Strategy & Soul Thursday Night Revolutionary Organizing Film & Book Club
The Great Debaters
Followed by a Class on Debating Strategies & a Live Debate!
with Akunna Uka Director of the New Roads Debate Team
and Eric Mann Cornell University Debate Team
February 1, 2024 6pm
Strategy & Soul Theater
3546 w Martin Luther King Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90008