Jayla Jackson and Emani Stanton Become the First Black Girl Duo to Win Harvard’s International Debate Competition

  • Written by Kevin L. Clark
  • Published on 20th July 2021
    Image: courtesy of The Purple Agency
  • Black girl magic continues to rack up some very impressive wins.
  • Less than 24 hours after celebrities such as Naomi Osaka, Leyna Bloom, and Megan Thee Stallion cover Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Swimsuit Issue, Jayla Jackson and Emani Stanton make history as the first Black girl duo to win Harvard’s International Debate Competition.
  • The Atlanta tandem won the distinction with an undefeated record, which culminated as gifted youths from over 15 countries attempted to take home the grand prize at one of the oldest campus organizations at Harvard University.
  • Jayla Jackson, 16, and Emani Station, 17, are both rising sensations from Holy Innocence Episcopal and North Atlanta High School, respectively. Both are members of the Harvard Diversity Project, an initiative which was founded by Brandon P. Fleming in 2017. Fleming, a Harvard alum and award-winning debate coach and author, recruited underserved Black youth in Atlanta with the intended purpose of creating a pathway of inclusion on campus.


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