Students from all over Florida gather to debate the issues most important to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior



On Monday, people across the country, and here in Southwest Florida, celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Students from across Florida came to Glades County Monday to debate solutions to the problems we face.

Martin Luther King Jr marched so that the next generation could march, regardless of race, color or creed. I dreamed so that the next generation could dream and let freedom ring.

Lawrence Joseph of Immokalee said, “this is going to be what he wants people to come together and spread the message and fight good.”

“A lot of people remember him with his “I have a dream” speech, but there was so much more to it,” said Allyson Lara, a sophomore at Moore Haven Middle School.

On Monday, dozens of students from 11 counties across Florida came together to honor Dr. King’s legacy at the Incubate Debate symposium.

They talked about some of the issues that were most important to Dr. King. Among them, education and access to food.

The student ambassador for the Lexi Fort incubator debate said, “what he cared about deeply about me growing up cared deeply about that too.”

Some of the same problems that Dr. King was passionate about remain to this day. Incubate Debate founder James Fishback says young debaters have worked hard to research some of our nation’s biggest issues.

“They went out and contacted professors. They read the Ph.D. economic papers and reports. They’re really inspiring,” said Fishback.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Lavaughn Henry Judge said, “This is our next generation of leaders.”

Like Dr. King, this next generation of leaders dreams of a better world.

Michael Palma from Orlando said: “Even to be separate and have an opinion and know what he’s saying so deeply, it makes me feel great that I am a part of his dream. his dream.

The Incubate Debate founder said Monday’s event was the first statewide live debate since the start of the pandemic and the first to be held in Glades County.

Support debate offers free tournaments, seminars, and debate institutes throughout Florida.

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