From left are Maliq Wright, Rahmane Dixon, Dimitri Brooks, Emmanuela Wade, Jaylen Bolden, and Louis Mendez, kneeling.

MARSHALL, TX – “The Great Debaters” of Wiley College rounded out their opening month of competition by again earning second place overall prizes at two tournaments, at Rice University September 28-30. The team earned second place overall at the annual Rice University Classic Swing, as well as a tournament hosted by Rice University Alumni.

Other schools that competed at the tournament included University of Texas-Austin, Lone Star College-North Harris, University of Texas – El Paso, University of Louisiana – Lafayette, University of the Pacific, Rice University, and Tyler Community College.

Earlier in September, the Wiley College debate team kicked off its 2018-2019 season by earning top prizes, including second place overall, at the prestigious Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin Tournament, a by invitation only Lincoln-Douglas debate competition that is held annually at Western Kentucky University.

The result of each student at the Rice University Tournaments are as follows:

Rahmane Dixon, a sophomore from Houston, place 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th in Impromptu Speaking, and 1st in Persuasion at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 1st in Persuasion at the Alumni Tournament.

Louis Mendez, a junior from Houston, placed 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation and 5th in Informative at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 5th in Informative and 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation at the Alumni Tournament.

Jaylon Bolden, a junior from Houston, placed 1st in Program Oral Interpretation and 6th in Prose at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 4th in Prose and 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation at the Alumni tournament.

Dimitri Brooks, a junior from Houston, place 3rd in Persuasion and 2nd in Prose at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 2nd in Prose and 4th in Persuasion at the Alumni tournament.

Maliq Wright, a senior from Houston, placed 3rd in Informative at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 6th in Informative at the Alumni tournament.

Emmanuela Wade, a junior from Atlanta, GA, placed 3rd in Prose and 4th in Dramatic Interpretation at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation 1st in Poetry at the Alumni tournament.


LORMAN, MS – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men’s Basketball Championship trophy to be named after Kentucky State University grad and Alcorn State University sports figure Coach Davey L. Whitney.

According to a press release from the university, SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted to name the Men’s SWAC Championship Basketball Tournament trophy after legendary Coach Whitney.

Alcorn State’s President Alfred Rankins Jr. commended the Council for recognizing Whitney’s achievements.

“I am pleased that the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors recognized the great accomplishment and contributions of Coach Whitney by naming the tournament championship trophy in his honor,” said Rankins. “Coach Whitney was one of the best Division I coaches of all time.”

Whitney, who passed away in 2015, coached at Alcorn from 1969 to 1989 and 1996 to 2003. Under his leadership, Alcorn beat Mississippi State 80-78 in the 1979 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Whitney led Alcorn to a win against South Alabama in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament, which was the first time a historically black college and university had won in the tournament. Whitney also led Alcorn to NCAA Tournament wins in 1983 and 1984 and six appearances in the dance. Whitney finished his career with a record of 566-356 and 12 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships.

Whitney was named SWAC Coach of the Year nine times. He was elected to the Kentucky State University Hall of Fame in 1976, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, the Alcorn State University Hall of Honors in 1993, the Alcorn State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Whitney graduated from Kentucky State University in 1952. After KSU, he started playing Negro American League  baseball for the Kansas City Monarchs, from 1952 to 1954. Whitney began his coaching career in 1954 as varsity basketball head coach at Burt High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. He led Burt to over 200 victories and the 1961 National Negro High School Basketball Championship. His first collegiate job as head coach was at Texas Southern University in 1964. He moved to Alcorn A&M (which became Alcorn State in 1974) as head coach in 1969.

The Whitney family expressed their appreciation upon receiving the good news. Gail Whitney, Coach Whitney’s daughter, said the family is grateful for the love and support that the SWAC and the University has shown for her late father.

“The Whitney family would like to extend our appreciation to the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Alcorn State University for honoring the legacy of our father, Davey “The Wiz” Whitney, Sr.,” said Whitney. “We look forward to the first presentation of the trophy at the 2017-2018 SWAC Basketball Tournament Championship.”

CHICAGO, IL – The Howard University Club of Chicago (HUACC) will host its 6th Annual Reconnection of HBCU’s Softball Tournament on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Washington Park (located 5331 S. Martin Luther King Drive). The Tournament will begin at noon.

According to a article published by The Chicago Citizen last year, since the tournament’s inception five years ago as the brainchild of past HUAAC and current Chicago HBCU Alumni Alliance president, Danielle James, it has grown tremendously. “In 2011, we started out with the goal of uniting siloed groups of Historically Black College and University alumni under the common bond of fellowship, we only had two teams participating.” said James. For more information about registering a team, having a tent section or volunteering, email

This year alumni teams include Howard University, Southern University and A&M College, FAMU, Jackson State University, Hampton University, Langston University, Grambling University, Clark Atlanta, Texas Southern and Spelman/Morehouse. This year the HBCU Campaign Fund organization will have a tent section.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Chicago looks forward to an opportunity to dig in our cleats and fellowship with Howard University alumni and other local alumni chapters, our missions of solidarity among historically black colleges and universities, their alumni and the City of Chicago,” James added.

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