The Great Debaters: The Time for Justice
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  • Rights → Socio-economic Rights → Right to Education
  • American History → Racial Segregation → Unequal Access to Education

The plot of The Great Debaters revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson at a historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s. The movie explores the social fabric of Texas during the Great Depression, for which as long as schools are segregated for whites and blacks, the quality of education will be vastly unequal.

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