African American Young Men Lead Team to Harvard Debate Win
December 3, 2019
High school seniors DJ Roman and Keith Harris led their team of Atlanta High School students to its second consecutive debate win at Harvard University’s annual international tournament, hosted by the Harvard Debate Council. They prevailed over some 100 teams comprised of older scholars from around the world, many with years of debate experience, prep-school backgrounds and other advantages.
Coach Brandon P. Fleming knows the full significance of this achievement. The assistant debate coach at Harvard, Fleming spent 10 months with the Atlanta students, courtesy of the Harvard Diversity Project, an initiative of Harvard College. The pipeline program brings Metro Atlanta youth to Harvard University through a summer residency. To learn more about how Black teens are being trained to speak more persuasively, rendering their voices more impactful, click below.