Texas Southern University’s renowned debate team was in the spotlight again with a mesmerizing performance celebrating Black culture in a virtual pre-presidential inaugural program.
TSU debate team President Nahab Fanbulleh along with Maya Williams, Trevor Mouton and Gloria Ekezie, were featured virtually at the event on Jan. 19.
The debate team was featured with several other HBCUs that were chosen to participate virtually in the “We Are One” Biden-Harris pre-inaugural event. The team made history as the first-ever debate team to perform at a pre-inaugural event.
“It was very unexpected,” Grace Ekezie, the historian of the debate club said. “It came really fast, but we were prepared to make sure that the school was represented very nicely. With everything, it was very exciting and life-changing really. "
The debate team performed a two-minute reader’s theatre-style piece, which was pre-recorded and played during the virtual event.
The team’s new coach Dr. Gloria Batiste-Roberts prepared the monologue.
“The students received the script in the last few days,” Batiste-Roberts said. “We practiced initially via Zoom in between work hours. They were on semester break so their dedication and loyalty were very much appreciated.”