Harlem is home to some of history’s greatest debaters, speakers and advocates! Soapbox or street corner speakers were a feature of everyday life in Harlem including A. Philip Randolph, Richard Moore, Marcus Garvey, Hubert Harrison, Adam Clayton Powell, Al Sharpton, and Malcolm X. The Harlem Debate Institute (HDI) draws upon this reach history to inspire the next generation of leaders, advocates and citizens of Harlem, New York City, the United States and the world.
The Harlem Debate Institute (HDI) takes advantage of the incredible academic, artistic, and political community of Harlem from top colleges to top libraries to top cultural institutions to offer a summer debate camp for all ages. Students study with some of the great debaters, great debate coaches, and great debate teachers of today. And that is just the beginning! Students continue debate throughout the school year with weekly practices and monthly tournaments in the Harlem Debate League and the New York City Debate League.
We would like to thank our partners – Teachers College, Columbia University and the West Harlem Development Corporation for making the Harlem Summer Debate Institute possible.