Wiley debaters hope to honor Farmer legacy with Marshall statue | Features


There is an unmistakable familiarity to the way team members the of Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College discuss civil rights activist and former Great Debater James Farmer Jr. — almost as if they were his contemporaries and debated alongside him.

Part of that kindred spirit can easily be chalked up to Farmer’s alumnus status, and each having walked the same halls of the historic campus. But to many of them, Farmer has been a household name since before they had set foot at Wiley due to the 2007 film, the Great Debaters.

“James Farmer Jr. was 14 when he came over to Wiley. He was extremely smart to start college at such an early age. He spoke four different…

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