Free Screening of "The Great Debaters" Presented by Black Lounge Film Series


Free Screening of "The Great Debaters" Presented by Black Lounge Film Series

In celebration of Black History Month and celebrating Overtown, Black Lounge Films will have a special screening of Denzel Washington’s, The Great Debaters on February 8th, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Overtown Performing Arts Center (OPAC).

Right after the film, the Miami Dade Urban Debate League will host an unforgettable debate on the issue of gentrification.

This special presentation is free and open to the public with an RSVP on Eventbrite.

Age Appropriateness ANY AGE

About The Great Debaters:

The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington. Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) at Wiley College, a Historically Black College, to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a fear for blacks. The Wiley team eventually succeeds to the point where they are able to debate Harvard University. This was their 47th annual debate team.

About the Miami Dade Urban Debate Team:

The Miami-Dade Urban debate league seeks to cultivate a community of learners among urban public school students in Miami, focusing on teamwork, cooperative learning, academic excellence, critical reflection and individual student growth. The goal is to empower the student participants to become confident, successful citizens, who are advocates for themselves and their community and who successfully graduate from high school, pursue college degrees and become active leaders in their community.