Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, from left, are Brandon Amerson of Clarksdale, MS; John Fisher of Friars Point, MS; Kimberleigh Forbes of Milwaukee, WI; Christian Powers of Independence, MS; Hertayshia Thomas of Friars Point, MS; Justin Johnson of Clarkdale, MS; Joseph Fisher of Friars Point, MS; and Priscilla Peterson of Clarksdale, MS.
CLARKSDALE – Mississippi cannot truly be the “Hospitality State” while simultaneously flying what ultimately represents separation—it was this argument that won Coahoma Community College first student debate.
Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Lecture Room of Whiteside Hall to hear members of CCC’s first debate, sponsored by the English Department. The two teams argued in support of and against the statement, “The State of Mississippi shall maintain the current flag.”
The issue has been a hot topic lately for the state, with several colleges and universities, including CCC, removing the state flag from its campuses.
Each team was judged on the framework of their debate, rather than the substance.
“We’re really excited because our students were the ones who initiated the idea that we needed a Debate Team, and they really stepped up to the plate in organizing it,” said CCC English Instructor Glynda Duncan, who served as the moderator for the event.
Members of the Affirmative Team, coached by CCC Instructors Vera Griffin and Jeremy Pittman, argued that the flag is a symbol of heritage, not hate, and that changing the flag would not erase the state’s history or change what’s in people’s heart.
The Opposition Team, coached by CCC Instructors Barbara Boschert and John Mayo, countered that while the flag may represent heritage, it represents the heritage of one group and the state needs to adopt a new symbol to represent all people.
The Opposition Team became CCC’s 2015 Debate winners with a total score of 227 points given by the judges. They were presented with $200 cash prizes, donated by members of CCC’s faculty.
The Affirmative Team received a total of 213 points and received a cash prize of $100.
The audience also voted overwhelming in favor of the Opposition Team, in a final tally of 30-3.
Judges for the event were retired CCC English Instructor Wanda Reed, Assistant Superintendent of the Clarksdale Municipal School District Dorothy Prestwich, Attorney Sandra Marshall of Marshall Law Firm and CCC Public Speaking Instructor Dr. Kishki Hall. CCC English Instructor Glynda Duncan served as the moderator.
Members of the Affirmative Team included General Education major Priscilla Peterson of Clarksdale, MS; Business & Office Technology major John Fisher of Clarksdale, MS; Business & Office Technology major Joseph Fisher of Clarksdale, MS; and General Education major Brandon Amerson of Clarksdale, MS.
Members of the Opposition Team included General Education major Kimberleigh Forbes of Milwaukee, WI; Biology major Christian Powers of Independence, MS; Hertayshia Thomas of Frairs Point, MS; and Biology major Justin Johnson of Clarksdale, MS.
CLICK HERE to view more photos from the debate on CCC's Facebook page!