The Great Debaters

The movie is based on a true story in which the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson at Wiley College, a historically black college related to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a fear for blacks. The central theme of the movie is the social constructs in Texas during the Great Depression and how African Americans suffered from discrimination and lynching. The film also tells the real story of James L. Farmer Jr., who, at the age of 14, was on Wiley’s debate team after completing high school and who later co-founded the Congress on Racial Equality. Another character on the team, Samantha Book, is based on Henrietta Bell Wells, an acclaimed poet and the only women on the 1930 Wiley team who participated in in the first high school interracial debate in the USA. 

This movie addresses discrimination and racial inequality and equality.

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