Sunday, August 17, 2008

Great Debaters : Real Life to Reel Life

I am very slow to catch up on movies and that is evident because I saw "The Great Debaters" only today. Movies that make you go back and search for the real character are really moving.  I came across this article in the Marshall Texas messenger farmer jr

The move is directed by Denzel Washington himself and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey. The story made a strong impression on me as I did not hear of this story before. I need to look up Marshall Texas and see if I can find the original transcript of the debate. At least in the movie the Wiley team quotes Gandhi and also the events that lead to the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre . Many websites have said that the debate that made the news was with USC and not Harvard.

I did see if any of the members are still alive but New York Times reports that Henrietta Pauline Bell the last surviving member of the victorious debate team passed away in March of this year.

I salute you Melvin B. Tolson

NPR Review of the movie:

Good article here :

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