Black Female Debate Team is First to Win National Championship
Friday, April 25, 2014
Baltimore Sun - Two Towson University students edged out 170 other teams
to win a national debate championship held in Indiana this week, the
second time in recent years a Towson team has netted national debate
Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, both from Baltimore, bested a team from
the University of Oklahoma in the final round. Their argument likened
police brutality, the prison-industrial complex and structural poverty
issues to a warlike violence against African-Americans in the U.S. and
Ruffin and Johnson are the first black women to win a national debate
championship tournament, according to the Cross Examination Debate
Association. Another Towson team won at the same championship in 2008.
Amber Kelsie, one of two coaches for Towson's debate program, compared
the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship to the "Super Bowl
of debate championships. The students are preparing for a second
challenge, the National Debate Tournament, later this week at the same
location, Indiana University.
The Towson debate team was at the center of a controversy last fall when
its members said the university was preventing it from participating in
a tournament at Harvard University. Towson eventually relented and the
team took part in that competition.