BHM Celebration Features ‘The Debate that Never Happened’

During "The Debate that Never Happened,"panelists representing Booker T. Washington listen to the arguments being made by their opponents representing W.E.B. DuBois.


WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s celebration of Black History Month included a debate that explored the arguments and philosophies of Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” and W.E.B. DuBois’ “The Talented Tenth.”

The event, which took place Feb. 15 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room, was sponsored by PCC’s Minority Male Success Initiative. It featured panelists answering questions about the historical black leaders’ distinct perspectives and the relevance of their respective philosophies in contemporary black culture.

Representing Washington in the debate were Dominique Phillips, Jevon Bailey, President Lawrence Rouse and RaSheeda Waddell. Dubois was represented by Jairo McMican, Jeremiah David, Dr. Stephanie Rook and Christopher Gorham.

Jasmin Spain served as the event’s moderator, while Letita Joyner, Charles Newkirk and Dr. Shree Daniels were judges.