21-year-old Ameena Ruffin and 18-year-od Korey Johnson have been named the first Black women to win a national debate championship tournament!
Beating out 170 other teams the Towsend University students dominated during the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship held in Indiana. Thie national championship has tobe the “Super Bowl“ of debate championships.
Ruffin and Johnson sealed their win with their argument that compared police brutality, the prison-industrial complex and structural poverty issues to a warlike violence against African-Americans in the U.S. and the best thing about the impassioned speech is that they identified solutions.
The twosome argued that the issue could be overcome, not by focusing on the negative of the situation, as the opposing team did, but by imagining a better future.
Ruffin and Johnson are designated among the top 16 debate teams in the country. Ruffin placed 12th and Johnson placed 15th in the individual rankings.
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