The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as “the last city to surrender after the Civil War,” is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University’s national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. Written by <[email protected]>
|Tagline:||When the nation was in need, he inspired them to give us hope.|
|Cast:||Ahmad Powell, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bonnie Johnson, Brad Watkins, Brian Smiar, Charissa Allen, Damien Leake, Denzel Washington, Denzel Whitaker, Devyn A. Tyler, Dom Flemons, Donny Boaz, Fahnlohnee R. Harris, Forest Whitaker, Frank Ridley, Gary Mathis, Gary Mattis, Georges Wilson, Gina Ravera, Glen Powell, Gordon Danniels, Harold Evans, J.D. Evermore, Jack Radosta, Jackson Walker, Jeff Braun, Jeremiah Kissel, Jermaine Williams, John Heard, Jurnee Smollett, Justice Leak, Justin Robinson, Kelvin Payton, Kimberly Elise, Marcus Lyle Brown, Michael Beasley, Michael Mattison, Milton R. Gipson, Nate Parker, Rhiannon Giddens, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert X. Golphin, Samuel Elliott Whisnant, Sharon Jones, Southey Blanton, Stephen Rider, Tim Parati, Trenton McClain Boyd, Voltaire Sterling|
|Director:||Denzel Washington, Karen Golden|