Notably, the two high school seniors had no prior experience with debating but still managed to pull the weight of their debate team and bagged the win during the championship round.
Two black high schoolers have set yet another historic first for the community at Havard University's annual international debate tournament. According to a press release, seniors Keith Harris of Westlake High School and DJ Roman of North Atlanta High School bagged another win and made history with their undefeated record.
Notably, the two high school seniors had no prior experience with debating but still managed to pull the weight of their debate team and bagged the win during the championship round. Harris and Roman debated against scholars from 15 different countries.
Two African American high school students, DJ Roman of North Atlanta High School and Keith Harris of Westlake High School, led their debate team to its second consecutive win at Harvard University’s annual international debate tournament. #blackpower https://t.co/GcwbV9ykUl— Burble Cloth (@BurbleCloth) July 19, 2019
The two young men were trained for 10 months before the debate tournament, Ramon and Harris, along with the rest of their debate teammates, were guided by Brandon P. Fleming, an assistant debate coach at Harvard, as a part of the university's Harvard Diversity Project.
Flemming has been celebrated by Black Enterprise as one of their 2019 Black Enterprise BE Modern Man. Specifically, the accomplished mentor has been recognized for his efforted work for the Harvard Diversity Project, which is a part of the Harvard Debate Council's initiative. The nationally-acclaimed pipeline program recruits Black youth in Metro Atlanta to train and merge with Harvard's summer residency on a full scholarship.
Flemming released a statement about the program which reads: "Most of our students have never been exposed to the power of academic debate. Knowing that they will compete against hundreds of scholars who have years of debate experience combined with the benefit of private and prep schools to their advantage, we seek to level the playing field by introducing our students to higher-level academic disciplines that are typically unavailable in traditional school settings."