Hobart S. Jarrett Debate Competition
(Chair: Brother Frederick L. Golden )  Entry Deadline: Immediate - Debate Competition Preliminaries-Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the College Brothers Summit and Leadership Retreat, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC.

Competition Finals-2017 District Conference, Orangeburg, SC, SC State University, Belcher Hall, 3:00 -4:30 p.m.
Updated:  July 7, 2017 

Hobart S. Jarrett Debate Competition

The purpose of the Brother Dr. Hobart S. Jarrett Debate Competition shall be to develop the skills of members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in argumentation and research, persuasion, oral and written communication, and critical thinking.

Brother Hobart Sydney Jarrett, Ph.D., was an Alpha Legend, born in 1915 in Arlington, Texas, reared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a survivor of the Tulsa race riot of 1921.  Despite his having to overcome this life-changing atrocity of American history, Brother Jarrett did not allow anything to sully his path.  He attended and graduated from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, with a degree in English in 1936, and was initiated into the Fraternity through the Alpha Sigma Chapter.  He entered Omega Chapter on May 8, 2005.


Each debater must be an active collegiate member of the Fraternity and financial at the Chapter, District, Region and National levels.  Each debater must be registered at the respective conference. Each team will have two members and one non-participating alternate.


The debate topic is given annually. This year’s debate topic is: "Grassroots Student Activism is the Most Effective Strategy for Achieving Social Change on Today's College and University Campuses."

Chapter Information

Below you will find all the information needed for your chapter's debate team to participate in the Hobart S. Jarrett Debate Competition:
Rayburne Turner,
Aug 18, 2017, 9:30 AM