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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NAACP Great Debate III will be held at Yale

The State Conference NAACP will hold the 3rd Annual Great Debate featuring Yale University and Howard University Debate Teams at 7 p.m. April 9 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall, 500 College St.

The Great Debate III will be moderated Connecticut native and Howard University Alumni attorney John C. Brittain, shown in photo, according to a statement.
"The debate follows in the steps of the film 'The Great Debaters,' which was released in 2007 and directed by Denzel Washington," the statement said. "The film told the story of an all African-American debating team from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas that rose to national prominence in the 1930s and defeated a powerhouse Ivy League debate team."

“The movie inspired students everywhere to embrace the power of thoughtful, focused dialogue,” NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile said in the statement. “With this annual event, we hope to keep that enthusiasm alive, and to provide a forum for young voices to be heard.”

General admission for the event is $20; VIP admission, which includes a pre-event reception, is $50.
All tickets purchased will include a free NAACP youth membership and tickets are being handled through the Shubert Theater box office (203) 5666 or
For patrons wanting to stay overnight, rooms can be secured at the Marriot at Yale for $119, the statement said. Reference the Great Debate. (1-800-Marriot)

Other 2011 Great Debate weekend activities:

April 9: There will be an early evening welcome reception for the debate teams from the two universities and Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New Haven will act as co-host for a pre-debate alumni happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. at Geronimo’s, 271 Crown St. On Saturday, the debate will be followed by a post debate party at Kelly's Restaurant, 196 Crown St.

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