Jayla Jackson, 16 and Emani Stanton, 17, made history last week as the first Black female duo to win the Harvard Debate Council‘s international annual summer competition.
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Jackson and Stanton secured the fourth consecutive championship for their Atlanta-based team, which has an undefeated 10-0 record. The topic of debate was, “Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments in the Baltic States.”
To quote from blackenterprise.com:
Each summer, the Harvard Debate Council, one of the oldest campus organizations at Harvard University, hosts a summer residential program for hundreds of gifted youths from over 15 countries around the world who converge on campus for two weeks of intensive study, which culminates in a program-wide debate tournament.
This year’s residency and competition were held virtually due to COVID-19 protocols.
Victors Jackson and Stanton are current members of the Atlanta-based Harvard Diversity Project, an initiative founded by award-winning debate coach and author Brandon P. Fleming.
To hear Jackson and Stanton talk about their triumph on npr.org, click below:
Read more: https://www.blackenterprise.com/undefeated-first-black-girl-duo-wins-international-debate-competition-at-harvard/?test=prebid