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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Howard meets Morehouse in Historic Debate
Gospel Musician and Classical Harpist Jeff Majors to perform

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2011) – Howard University and Morehouse College will present the inaugural Mordecai W. Johnson and Benjamin E. Mays student exhibition debate in Cramton Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.

The event is part of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, organized by Events DC. The debate will feature students from both universities addressing contemporary issues in American society, including whether student athletes should be paid and should cyber-bullying be treated as a criminal offense.

Student debaters will also showcase each institution’s tradition of developing great orators and future leaders. All faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed contemporary gospel musician and classical harpist Jeff Majors will perform during debate dedication ceremony led by Sidney Ribeau, Ph.D. and Robert M. Franklin, Ph.D., the Presidents of Howard University and Morehouse College, respectively.

This inaugural student debate celebrates two historical presidents of Howard University and Morehouse College. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson became the first elected President of Howard in the 1920s; previously he had served as a Professor of Economics at Morehouse.  Benjamin E. Mays was the President of Morehouse in the 1940s; previously he had served as Dean of Religion at Howard and as Morehouse debate coach in the 1920s.

For more information on the week’s events visit,

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