Black History Month

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Inspired by recommendations from the African American/Black Coaches’ Caucus and in partnership with Wiley College, we have created a series of classroom and tournament resources to celebrate Black History Month. We invite you to commemorate the month in your school or community with our special Spark Leaders posters featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni! In addition, you’ll find resources to enhance your next practice, classroom, or tournament experience during the month of February and beyond. Get started below!

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Poster Series

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Black History Month Poster Series
SOME SAY THAT SPEECH AND DEBATE HAS CHANGED THEIR LIVES, BUT IT’S STILL CHANGING MINE DAY BY DAY. - Jarrius Adams
Jarrius Adams
THE BEST PART ABOUT COMPETING IN SPEECH AND DEBATE WAS BEING ABLE TO TELL THE STORIES I WANTED TO TELL. - Kalen Allen
Kalen Allen
IN A WORLD THAT TEACHES BLACK WOMEN THAT WE ARE LESS THAN, SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME THAT I CAN BE EVERYTHING AND SO MUCH MORE. - Andrea Ambam
Andrea Ambam
SPEECH AND DEBATE HAS GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE TO ENGAGE MY COMMUNITY, THE DESIRE TO SEE ALL SIDES OF AN ISSUE, AND THE TOLERANCE TO EMBRACE THOSE WHO SEE THE WORLD IN THEIR OWN WAY. - Byron Arthur
Byron Arthur
FORENSICS HAS SHOWN ME THAT THIS WORLD IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. IF I’M NOT FIGHTING FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S FREEDOM, THEN I MIGHT AS WELL BE IN CHAINS MYSELF. - Jaylon Bolden
Jaylon Bolden
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO QUICKLY USE WORDS TO CONVEY YOUR POINT UNDER PRESSURE, OR IMPROVE YOUR ABILITY TO BRING THE ABSTRACT INTO SOMETHING CONCRETE AND RELATABLE... DEBATE. - E. Steve Bolden II
E. Steve Bolden II
GROWING UP IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI AND BECOMING NATIONALLY KNOWN FOR THE SKILLS AND ABILITIES I DEVELOPED DURING HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SPEECH AND DEBATE OPENED A MULTITUDE OF DOORS, INCLUDING SCHOLARSHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. - Khaatim Boyd
Khaatim Boyd
SPEECH TAUGHT ME THAT MY VOICE IS IMPORTANT. I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF AND WHAT I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT. FOR THAT, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL. SPEECH CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE GREATER! - Treya Brown
Treya Brown
SPEECH AND DEBATE BROADENED MY PERSPECTIVE OF THE WORLD AROUND ME AND DEEPENED MY UNDERSTANDING OF MYSELF AND MY ABILITIES. - Courtney Janine Brunson
Courtney Janine Brunson
DEBATE HAS PROVIDED ME A WAY TO PERFORMATIVELY EXPRESS MY IDENTITY AS AN INTELLECTUAL AND HAS GIVEN ME THE COURAGE TO SPEAK MY SOCIAL LOCATION INTO EXISTENCE IN HOPES TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. - Daryl Burch
Daryl Burch
I BECAME A PROFESSOR BECAUSE I WANTED TO ENGAGE IN THE KINDS OF INTELLECTUAL INQUIRY THAT I FIRST LEARNED TO LOVE WHILE CUTTING CARDS AND WRITING FRONTLINES FOR POLICY DEBATE. - Brittney Cooper
Brittney Cooper
DEBATE IS A PROCESS THROUGH WHICH KNOWLEDGE AND WHAT ONE CAN TENTATIVELY ACCEPT AS FACT EMERGES ABOVE MERE OPINION. - Dr. Tommy J. Curry
Dr. Tommy J. Curry
FORENSICS TAUGHT ME THAT  I AM NOT ONLY CAPABLE BUT POWERFUL. IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO RESEARCH, HOW TO WRITE, HOW TO ARTICULATE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HOW TO DRESS. - Lyric Davis
Lyric Davis
SPEECH AND DEBATE HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE. NOW, I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE MY VOICE TO UPLIFT MY COMMUNITY. - Nefertiti Dukes
Nefertiti Dukes
MALCOM X SAID ‘EDUCATION IS  OUR PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE, FOR TOMORROW BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE WHO PREPARE FOR IT TODAY.’ HE WAS INDEED RIGHT. SPEECH AND DEBATE IS A MAGNIFICENT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO PREPARE FOR THEIR FUTURE AND OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURES. - Dr. Mike Edmonds
Dr. Mike Edmonds
SPEECH AND DEBATE IS A PLATFORM THAT ALLOWS ONE TO TELL THE STORIES OF THOSE THE WORLD OFTEN FORGETS OR IGNORES. - Cornelia Fraser
Cornelia Fraser
YOU ARE THE MASTER OF YOUR OWN DESTINY.  YOU SET   YOUR OWN HEIGHTS. - Dr. Thomas F. Freeman
Dr. Thomas F. Freeman
SPEECH NOT ONLY HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE, IT LED ME TO A PROFESSION WHERE I CAN HELP AMPLIFY THE VOICES OF OTHERS. - Nick Gilyard
Nick Gilyard
FORENSICS CULTIVATED A GIFT  I DIDN’T KNOW I HAD. THAT GIFT WAS TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE ACCURATE AND HEARTFELT MESSAGES TO DIVERSE GROUPS OF PEOPLE. - Austin Groves
Austin Groves
SPEECH AND DEBATE MADE ME REALIZE HOW GREAT WORDS AND ARGUMENTS CAN INSPIRE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. - Rasha Harvey
Rasha Harvey
COMPETITIVE DEBATE PROVIDED ME WITH THE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS THAT I RELY ON EVERY DAY AS AN ATTORNEY. - Andre P. Hylton
Andre P. Hylton
DEBATE HAS OPENED UP  DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY AND EMPOWERED ME TO INVEST IN MY PERSONAL GROWTH EACH DAY. - Ryan James
Ryan James
I WOULD’VE NEVER IMAGINED MYSELF AS A SECOND-YEAR LAW STUDENT,  A NATIONAL DEBATE CHAMPION, A FIRST-ROUND WINNER, A HISTORY MAKER, A COMMUNITY SERVER,  A GAME CHANGER. - Korey Johnson
Korey Johnson
WHEN YOU GIVE VOICE TO YOUR THOUGHTS AND GIVE THAT VOICE A LISTENER, REAL LIFE MAGIC HAPPENS. PARTICIPATION IN SPEECH AND DEBATE HELPS ME EQUIP STUDENTS FOR A LIFETIME OF MAGICAL MOMENTS. - Renita Johnson
Renita Johnson
SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO EXAMINE ALL SIDES OF A PROBLEM. THIS MAKES ME A BETTER LEADER. - Norisha Kirts
Norisha Kirts
I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO USE OUR VOICE AS OUR DRUM TO FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UNTIL EQUITY BECOMES THE RHYTHM OF THE LAND. - Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr.
Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr.
SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME TO HOW TO THINK, LISTEN, AND SPEAK. TODAY I USE THOSE SKILLS TO EMPOWER OTHERS THROUGH FORENSICS TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. - Chad Meadows
Chad Meadows
SPEECH AND DEBATE IS NOT JUST SOMETHING FUN TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS; IT IS THE FIRST STEP TO CHANGING THE WORLD AROUND US. - Devane Murphy
Devane Murphy
Nicole Nave
FORENSICS HELPED ME BECOME MORE CONFIDENT AND DECISIVE AND PROVIDED ME WITH THE SKILLS I USE EVERY DAY TO MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF IN THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD. - Brent O'Connor
Brent O’Connor
BECAUSE OF SPEECH AND DEBATE, I UNDERSTAND AND CAN COMMUNICATE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL ISSUES WITH DISTINCT DEPTH AND BREADTH. - Walter Paul
Walter Paul
IN A COUNTRY THAT SILENCES MARGINALIZED VOICES, FORENSICS IS A COMMUNITY THAT NOT ONLY ENCOURAGES ME AS A BLACK MAN TO USE MY VOICE BUT EXALTS IT. - Drake Pough
Drake Pough
I WOULDN’T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY WITHOUT THE SKILLS I ACQUIRED FROM DEBATE. - Kristen Pride
Kristen Pride
EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY FACET OF MY LIFE, I USE THE SKILLS LEARNED FROM MY TIME IN DEBATE.   AS A RESULT, DEBATE IS NOT SIMPLY AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY TO ME, BUT A WAY OF LIFE!  - James Roland
James Roland
DEBATE IS ONE OF THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIVITIES I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN. DEBATE ALLOWED ME TO NOT ONLY GAIN CRITICAL SKILLS, SUCH AS RESEARCH, ANALYTICAL, AND SPEAKING—IT ALLOWED ME TO GAIN LIFELONG FRIENDS. - Kofi Sam
Kofi Sam
LIFE IS ALL ABOUT MOMENTS OF IMPACT, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING SPEECH AND DEBATE DID FOR ME WAS GIVE ME A VOICE TO IMPACT OTHERS. - Kiyah Sanders
Kiyah Sanders
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF HARD WORK. SPEECH AND DEBATE GIVES YOU THE SKILLS TO TELL STORIES AND MAKE ARGUMENTS, TWO THINGS NEEDED TO CHANGE LIVES AND TRANSFORM SOCIETY. - Aaron Timmons
Aaron Timmons
BEING ABLE TO ORGANIZE AND ARTICULATE MY VIEWS PREPARED ME WELL FOR LAW SCHOOL AND BEYOND. MY CAREER AS A LAWYER, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, AND NOW MAYOR SIGNIFICANTLY BENEFITED FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN SPEECH AND DEBATE. - Sylvester Turner
Sylvester Turner
DEBATE CHANGED MY LIFE BY PROVIDING ME A PATHWAY TO COLLEGE, A NETWORK OF SUPPORTIVE AND LIKE-MINDED COLLEAGUES, AND THE ACADEMIC TOOLS I NEEDED TO REMAIN IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF MY EDUCATIONAL DESTINY. - Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
I HONESTLY WOULD NOT BE WHERE OR WHO I AM WITHOUT DEBATE. IT EXPOSED ME TO NEW IDEAS, NEW PEOPLE, AND NEW PLACES WHILE EQUIPPING ME WITH THE SKILLS TO MAKE AND COGENTLY JUSTIFY GOOD DECISIONS. - Melvin Washington
Melvin Washington
DEBATE GAVE ME A VOICE AT A TIME IN MY LIFE WHEN I FELT LIKE NOBODY WAS LISTENING. NOW I USE THAT VOICE TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS. - Sarah Carthen Watson
Sarah Carthen Watson
I KNOW THAT THERE IS NO CHALLENGE THAT I CAN’T OVERCOME BECAUSE I WAS GIVEN THE TOOLS TO SUCCEED IN MY TIME IN SPEECH AND DEBATE. - Cory Williams
Cory Williams
FORENSICS TAUGHT ME THE POWER OF BEING VULNERABLE THROUGH PERFORMANCE. IT GAVE ME THE TOOLS AND CONFIDENCE I NEED TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN THE REAL WORLD. - Darius Wilson
Darius Wilson
FORENSICS GIVES YOU A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE IN SPEAKING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, A SENSE OF PRESENCE, AND A SENSE OF PRIDE. IT’S ABOUT THE POWER OF WORDS TO INFLUENCE IDEAS, TO UNCOVER A HIGHER TRUTH, TO CHANGE MINDS,  AND FOR A LOT OF  PEOPLE, EVEN TO  CHANGE LIVES. -  Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

SPEECH AND DEBATE IS A LIFE SKILL, NOT JUST A SPEECH SKILL. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM CHANGES LIVES FOREVER THROUGH WALKING IN THE SHOES OF GIANTS. - Jacci Young
Jacci Young
NOT ONLY DID FORENSICS GIVE ME A BEAUTIFUL HUSBAND (DUO PARTNER) AND SON, IT GAVE ME THE STRENGTH OF MIND AND CHARACTER TO BE A WIFE AND MOTHER. THIS ACTIVITY LITERALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. - Jamaka Young-Davis
Jamaka Young-Davis

NSDA Poster Template

You can make your own posters featuring current students, coaches, or alumni from your program! Download the template below and follow the instructions to start creating.

This resource is provided under the framework of our Honor Society. We ask that you please feature individuals who live by our Code of Honor.

Literature Collection

Looking for literature for a speech event? Check out our collection of works by Black authors, compiled in partnership with Wiley College.

Black Playwrights and Authors

Additional Resources

 

Resources
Resource Package subscribers can download additional Black History Month Extemp questions and resources.

Impromptu Prompts

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