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The Association of Black Argumentation Professionals

The Association of Black Argumentation Professionals (ABAP) was created to empower Black debaters, coaches, educators, and advocates. We recognize the unique challenges faced by marginalized scholars and we seek to improve their conditions.


Our purpose is to address, educate, coordinate and provide support and aid to challenge and eradicate institutional racism, cultural incompetence and bigotry.

We provide education by

     (1) hosting an annual conference,

     (2) providing cultural competency training seminars, 

     (3) offering related resources for emerging Black professionals

Our members raise consciousness about racial discrimination, microaggressions and institutional discrimination. To maximize our impact on current efforts, we collaborate with debate professionals from around the world.

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The 2018 Agwọ Conference

ABAP Founding Board Members

Shauntrice Martin
Bay Area Urban Debate League Executive Director
Coalition for Black Excellence
Benjamin Hagwood
Liberty University Assistant Director
ABAP Board Chair
Dr. James Roland
Sr. Director Community Outreach and Engaged Scholarship at Emory University, Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education
The 2018 Black Retreat

The Black Retreat offers relaxing & culturally competent self care workshops, professional development, and networking opportunities for directors, educators, and coaches of color. Register below to save your spot!

2nd Annual AGWỌ Conference
May 31, 2019, 5:00 PM
Emory University
This event is hosted by the Association of Black Argumentation Professionals
You in there?

**Special discounts available for urban debate league alumni and staff

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