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Release Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:14 AM
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Hampton, Howard Debate Teams to Battle in DC

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2013) – The Howard University Debate Team will take on rivals from Hampton University in Cramton Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. The match up marks the first time a Hampton team has traveled to Howard’s campus for a debate. Admission is $5 per person and the event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the Cramton Box Office, 202-806-7194.

“The Howard Debate team is working diligently to showcase its educational and inspirational talent of argumentation by inviting more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs),” said Angela D. Minor, Esq., director of Howard University’s MLK Jr. Forensics Program.

The two HU teams will tackle whether more states should adopt “Stand Your Ground” laws and what access potential employers should have to students’ social media accounts.

Minor said the Howard team hoped to cement a culture of analytical dialogue on HBCU campuses and to carry forward the legacy of great African-American orators, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. DuBois. 

WHAT:          Hampton and Howard University Debate Teams Square Off
WHEN:          Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m.
WHERE:       Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth NW, Washington, D.C. 20059


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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