University of Tulsa -Lorton Performance Center
550 South Gary Place
Tulsa, OK 74104
Information: 918/379-4591 (Tulsa Debate League)
This public debate will explore different viewpoints on segregation in American public schools as well as solutions to the problem. The debate will feature historical background on segregation, with an emphasis on local (Tulsa) history; an explanation of the legal development of the doctrine of desegregation beginning with Brown v. Board of Education and possible constitutional or legislative directions the Supreme Court or Congress could pursue; and a description of the competing philosophical and public policy priorities at stake, including possible solutions. The format will involve four high school students from the Tulsa Debate league in a 30-45 minute debate followed by a discussion with a panel of experts that includes Hannibal Johnson, Gene Perry, and Ross Faith.