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This week we shout out civil rights champion and the world's top public speaker, Martin Luther King Jr - who was also on his school's debate team! Growing up in Atlanta, King attended Booker T. Washington High School. He became known for his public speaking ability and was part of the school’s debate team. MLK continued debate in college at Morehouse. And the rest is history. MLK became one of the leaders of the civil rights movement, and the greatest orator and public speaker in American History. MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, and MLK Day is a US federal holiday. Now more than ever we need to remember MLK's vision of the "Beloved Community." In a time filled where some of our nation's leaders and people use speeches, words, profanity and vulgarity to promote racism, sexism, xenophobia, bigotry, and hate - and just as worst - those that remain silent, complacent or supportive when such words are used... we need to remember MLK now more than ever. In a time where there are many who are trying to break apart our community by building walls, blaming others, bullying the minority, and banishing love with bitterness and bigotry - we have to remember MLK more than ever. MLK used the power of speech to do good. Debate teaches positive communication skills - not profanity and vulgarity. Debate teaches respect of opinions and perspectives - not bullying, silencing, or censoring. Debate teaches respect - not hatred or aggression. Debate teaches evidence based argumentation - not stereotypes and twitter tirades. Debate teaches knowledge and awareness of the world - not ignorance, racism, sexism, xenopohobia, homophobia, and bigotry. Click here to check out some of MLK's most memorable speeches. Sincerely, Erik,
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January 28th - NYCUDL Staff Social

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Middle School Tournament #4 Results! 

Despite cold, snow, rain and blizzard warnings... 530 students, 221 judges and volunteers, and over 40 staff, interns and tournament volunteers came out for Middle School Tournament #4! Thank you everyone for an incredible turnout and incredible day! Thank you to PS/MS 266 and Washington Heights Expeditionary School for hosting. Click below for our Tournament Blog of Results, Sweepstakes, Photos, Videos and more! 

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 Congratulations to High School Senior Julio Cordero

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Congratulations to NYCUDL High School Senior, Julio Cordero for his nomination for this honor. And also a huge shout out for learning last week that he received a full scholarship to college! 

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Travel Team Practice (1/26)

Lots of Travel Tournaments coming up for UDL teams! Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Lakeland! So please join us for our January 26th Travel Team Practice as we prepare for the University of Pennsylvania Invitational! Additionally, every Wednesday is our Varsity Practice! Please contact us if interested! Thank you to Brown Rudnick for sponsoring the NYC Travel Team! And coming up soon are the Championships - National UDL Championships, Tournament of Champions, and National Speech and Debate Association Championships! 

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Sign Up for Debate Con XI!! January 28th

Calling all NYC Debate Coaches! Join us January 28th for Debate Con XI! Debate Con is our Debate Educators Conference. A full day of workshops, lessons, networking, breakfast, lunch, resources, guest speakers, Keynote Speakers, Happy Hour and more! Click here for the schedule. Click below to sign up! Registration is free for all NYCUDL Debate Coaches! 

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Spring Debate Club Sign Up Now!

The New York City Debate Club meets on Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm (Middle School) and 12:00pm-3:00pm (High School) at our Office (25 Broadway, 9th Floor) during the Fall and Spring Semesters for 5th – 12th grade students.  All students participating in Debate Club are eligible to participate in our tournaments. Debate Club is for new debaters, intermediate debaters and advanced debaters. Our students have won local, city, regional and national tournaments. Our instructors are among the top debaters and coaches in the city.

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Debater of the Year & Alumni Ambassador! Due February 8th!

The National Association of Urban Debate Leagues has two incredible opportunities! NAUDL Debater of the Year Award! Click here for the application! Click here for more information! The winner, runners up and finalists will receive college scholarships AND will automatically qualify to the Urban Debate National Championships AND deliver the Keynote speech at the Annual Dinner. Second, is the Alumni Ambassador Program! Click here for application! Click here for recommendation! Thank you NAUDL 
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