*There’s probably some of you out there who are asking the question, “What is a Wiley College?”
Well let me give you a little help in case you missed the motion picture “The Great Debaters” staring Denzel Washington.
The movie dramatized the 1935 debate team that was led by Professor Melvin B. Tolson. This team defeated the then national forensics champion, University of Southern California. This 2007 motion picture tells the story of the competition, and the movie’s star and director donated the funding that helped the College’s debate team in 2008.
This historically black, primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational, baccalaureate degree-granting institution was founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas and is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Dr. Haywood L. Strickland is the current President and CEO.
So it was a bright and shining moment at the University of Southern California on Friday night when Wiley College was declared the winner of the 2013 debate against USC. Yes, they did it again!
A lavish reception was held afterwards at the Southern California African American Museum, that was hosted by Charmaine Jefferson, the museum’s director.
Dr. Strickland was quoted in his remarks: “The door to the past has been shut. You can do nothing about tomorrow, it is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. Make every day count.”
And with those words we would like to extend or congratulations to this historic institution and it’s leaders for their continued march toward excellency.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak, a portrait artist as well, can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.