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A Day in the LIfe at Wiley College
A Day in the LIfe at Wiley College
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: WileyCollegeWildcats
Wiley College A Capella Choir "I Couldn
Wiley College A Capella Choir "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray"
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: Lewis Keys
Wiley College Choir - Couldn
Wiley College Choir - Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray [from The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album]
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Atlantic Records
Wiley College RedCarpet Homecoming Afterparty
Wiley College RedCarpet Homecoming Afterparty
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Jeremiah Fulloffire
The Wiley College Choir of Texas Live at Potters House Dallas texas
The Wiley College Choir of Texas Live at Potters House Dallas texas
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: African Praise Worship Live
Wiley College Meet The Greeks 2014  Omega Psi Phi
Wiley College Meet The Greeks 2014 Omega Psi Phi
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: A-Sig Vision
The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College
The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College
Published: 2010/09/15
Channel: AMSPicturesOP
Wiley College REDZ
Wiley College REDZ
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: Terriell07
Wiley College Musical Tour
Wiley College Musical Tour
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: shelvon ross
WILEY COLLEGE 2014 CYPHER
WILEY COLLEGE 2014 CYPHER
Published: 2014/03/24
Channel: Tripp Nation
Wiley College Promo
Wiley College Promo
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: J'Den
Wiley College Homecoming Halftime 2016
Wiley College Homecoming Halftime 2016
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: mahoganydanceline
Wiley College Iotas Probate 2k16
Wiley College Iotas Probate 2k16
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: titanikkaluv
Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha New Member ShowKase
Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha New Member ShowKase
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: ESSENCE
Wiley College Basketball Program
Wiley College Basketball Program
Published: 2015/01/13
Channel: PoochieMcable
Wiley College Purple Dynasty Halftime
Wiley College Purple Dynasty Halftime
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: Kalyce Simpson
#PrisonDebate Prisoners debate Wiley College
#PrisonDebate Prisoners debate Wiley College's "The Great Debaters"
Published: 2017/10/07
Channel: Adam Key
Wiley College Vs Harvard University Debate
Wiley College Vs Harvard University Debate
Published: 2013/01/27
Channel: You can't leave this empty
Wiley College 6th Annual Benefit Concert Pt 1
Wiley College 6th Annual Benefit Concert Pt 1
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: larrymorrismedia
Wiley College Acapella Choir "I Couldn
Wiley College Acapella Choir "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray"
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: Ash Smith
The Spooky House of Wiley College
The Spooky House of Wiley College
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Wiley Wildcats
Why Wiley College by Wiley College President & CEO, Dr. Haywood L. Strickland
Why Wiley College by Wiley College President & CEO, Dr. Haywood L. Strickland
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: WileyCollegeWildcats
Wiley College Spring Fling Stepshow- Sigmas step 2015
Wiley College Spring Fling Stepshow- Sigmas step 2015
Published: 2015/06/07
Channel: Super061990
Harlem Shake Wiley College Men
Harlem Shake Wiley College Men's Soccer .m4v
Published: 2013/02/23
Channel: LuisCerillo10
Wiley College bored as hell pt.2
Wiley College bored as hell pt.2
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: Marty Howard
LeTourneau Baseball
LeTourneau Baseball's 9th Inning Rally Pushes YellowJackets Past Wiley College
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: LeTourneau YellowJackets
Wiley College 2k11 Step Show
Wiley College 2k11 Step Show
Published: 2011/11/10
Channel: Trent Sparks
LSUA Baseball: Week 5 Recap vs Wiley College
LSUA Baseball: Week 5 Recap vs Wiley College
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: LSUA General Athletics
wiley college nupes
wiley college nupes
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: Konsistent
Kappa Alpha Psi: Wiley College
Kappa Alpha Psi: Wiley College
Published: 2010/03/19
Channel: wiebie052003
NAACP Debate - Wiley vs Harvard featuring Tyler Butler.mp4
NAACP Debate - Wiley vs Harvard featuring Tyler Butler.mp4
Published: 2012/09/19
Channel: Marvine Butler
Alpha Kappa Alpha Probate at Wiley College Spring 2K11 Part 2
Alpha Kappa Alpha Probate at Wiley College Spring 2K11 Part 2
Published: 2011/05/03
Channel: MsGodinMe20
WILEY COLLEGE VS TEXAS COLLEGE
WILEY COLLEGE VS TEXAS COLLEGE
Published: 2014/01/13
Channel: Tripp Nation
Wiley College Meet the Greeks 2014 Delta Sigma Theta
Wiley College Meet the Greeks 2014 Delta Sigma Theta
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: A-Sig Vision
Wiley College "I Thank You Jesus"
Wiley College "I Thank You Jesus"
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: Chris Jackson
Why Wiley College by Actor Nate Parker
Why Wiley College by Actor Nate Parker
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: WileyCollegeWildcats
Welcome to THE Essence Show
Welcome to THE Essence Show
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: ESSENCE
He Blessed My Soul -Wiley College A Acapella Choir
He Blessed My Soul -Wiley College A Acapella Choir
Published: 2015/04/05
Channel: Aye Gee
Wiley College HomeComing and More
Wiley College HomeComing and More
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: Christopher Darnell Images
Wiley College Meet The Greeks 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Pt. 1
Wiley College Meet The Greeks 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Pt. 1
Published: 2014/09/29
Channel: A-Sig Vision
Wiley College Phi Beta Sigma 2011 Spring Probate
Wiley College Phi Beta Sigma 2011 Spring Probate
Published: 2011/04/01
Channel: Kesh B
Wiley College in Shreveport (2)
Wiley College in Shreveport (2)
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: EtaZeta13
The Great Debaters (6/11) Movie CLIP - Quinn Debate (2007) HD
The Great Debaters (6/11) Movie CLIP - Quinn Debate (2007) HD
Published: 2015/02/03
Channel: Movieclips
Wiley College Signs 17 Local Soccer Players
Wiley College Signs 17 Local Soccer Players
Published: 2012/05/05
Channel: CBS 4 News Rio Grande Valley
Wiley College Gospel Choir
Wiley College Gospel Choir
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: wilmurphy
Wiley College Sigma Gamma Rho Probate Spr 2k12 pt1
Wiley College Sigma Gamma Rho Probate Spr 2k12 pt1
Published: 2012/04/17
Channel: Terriell07
Wiley College Zeta phi beta theta chapter 2012
Wiley College Zeta phi beta theta chapter 2012
Published: 2012/04/16
Channel: dtripp20042000
Wiley College AKAs Spring 2k16 Probate part 2
Wiley College AKAs Spring 2k16 Probate part 2
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: titanikkaluv
AKAs Of Wiley College.
AKAs Of Wiley College.
Published: 2009/12/09
Channel: wiebie052003
OLLU baseball sweeps Wiley College in a doubleheader (3-4-17)
OLLU baseball sweeps Wiley College in a doubleheader (3-4-17)
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: OLLUSaints
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Wiley College
Wiley College seal.png
Motto Achieving Excellence Through Pride and Performance
Type Private liberal arts college
HBCU
Established 1879
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Endowment $27 million
President Haywood L. Strickland
Vice-president Ernest Plata
Provost Glenda F. Carter
Dean Joseph Morale
Vice-presidents Willie Hughey
Phyllis Buford
Nathaniel Hewitt III
Students 1,400
Location Marshall, Texas
Campus Rural, 134 acres (0.5 km2)
Colors Purple and white
         
Athletics NAIARRAC
Nickname Wildcats
Affiliations UNCF
IAMSCU
CIC[1]
Sports 10 varsity sports teams
Mascot Wiley the Wildcat
Website www.wileyc.edu
Wiley College Logo.jpg

Wiley College is a four-year, private, historically black, liberal arts college located on the west side of Marshall, Texas. Founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church's Bishop Isaac Wiley and certified in 1882 by the Freedman's Aid Society, it is notable as one of the oldest predominantly black colleges west of the Mississippi River.[2][3]

In 2005–2006, on-campus enrollment approached 450, while an off-campus program in Shreveport, Louisiana, for students with some prior college credits who seek to finish a degree, enrolled about 250. As of the fall of 2006, total enrollment was about 750. By fall of 2013, total enrollment was approximately 1,400.

Wiley is an open admissions college and about 96 percent of students receive some financial aid.[4]

The Wiley staff learned that over a 15-year period, Melvin B. Tolson’s debate teams lost only one of 75 debates. The Wiley Forensic Society competed against historically black colleges, but earned national attention with its debates against the University of Southern California and Harvard University.[5]

Academics[edit]

Wiley College offer bachelor's degrees through four academic divisions.[6]

  • Division of Education
  • Division of Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Division of Business & Technology
  • Division of Sciences

Civil Rights movement[edit]

Wiley, along with Bishop College, was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement in Texas. Wiley and Bishop students launched the first sit-ins in Texas in the rotunda of the Old Harrison County Courthouse to protest segregation in public facilities.

James L. Farmer, Jr., son of James L. Farmer, Sr., graduated from Wiley and became one of the "Big Four" of the Civil Rights Movement. Together with Roy Wilkins, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Whitney M. Young Jr., James L. Farmer, Jr. helped organize the first sit-ins and Freedom Rides in the United States.[7][8]

Debate team[edit]

Tony Scherman's article about the Wiley College debate team for the 1997 Spring issue of American Legacy sparked a renewed interest in its history.[9] The success of the 1935 Wiley College debate team, coached by professor and poet Melvin Tolson, was the subject of a 2005 AMS Pictures documentary, The Great Debaters, The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College, which received heavy play around Texas, followed by 2007 dramatic movie, The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. In 1935, the Wiley College debate team defeated the reigning national debate champion, the University of Southern California (depicted as Harvard University in The Great Debaters).

In 2007, Denzel Washington announced a donation of US$1 million to Wiley so the team could be re-established.[10][11]

The Wiley College Debate Team, now also known as the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College, is under the direction of Christopher Medina. The purpose of The Wiley College Debate Team is not only to compete at a national and regional level, but also to instill a strong work ethic, a drive for academic excellence, and a spirit of ethical competition in its student leaders.[12]

The Wiley College debate team of 2014 earned the mantle, “The Great Debaters,” the name was bestowed on the team by director-actor Denzel Washington in a movie by the same name which premiered in 2008. The 23-person team met the best speakers and debaters from 80 colleges and universities sent by 26 states to the Pi Kappa Delta Comprehensive National Tournament staged in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was the largest Pi Kappa Delta Tournament in their 101-year history. The Great Debaters came away in first place. When the winning totals from the debates and individual events – 2000 entries in all – Wiley College was named champion.

The victory holds special meaning for the Historically Black College. Not only was it the first national speech and debate title won by an HBCU, another moral victory was won. During Melvin B. Tolson's tenure, Wiley College had not been permitted to join the national forensics fraternity, Pi Kappa Delta, or to participate in its national convention or national championship.

Athletics[edit]

Wiley College teams, nicknamed the Wildcats, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and track & field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field, volleyball, and cheerleading. Wiley the Wildcat is the mascot.

Gallery[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Melvin B. Tolson English Noted poet and English professor [13]
James L. Farmer, Sr. First black Texan to earn a PhD, also a professor at Wiley
Fred T. Long Athletics Athletic director and head football coach [14]
Harry Long Biology Head of biology department and asst. football coach [15]

Notable alumni[edit]

James L. Farmer, Jr.
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
R. E. Brown 1899 Organized the first male quartet, first brass band, first football team at Wiley. Later started the first teacher-training school for African Americans in Louisiana. [16]
Lois Towles 1933 Internationally renowned concert pianist. [17]
Henrietta Bell Wells First female member of the debate team subject of the 2007 movie, “The Great Debaters” [18]
Thelma Dewitty 1941 First African American to teach in the Seattle Public Schools [19]
James L. Farmer, Jr. 1938 U.S. civil rights leader [20]
Richard E. Holmes Physician, transferred to Mississippi State University to be the first African American to matriculate at MSU after sophomore year at Wiley [21]
Conrad O. Johnson Music educator [22]
Henry Cecil McBay Chemist, college professor
Oliver Randolph 1904 New Jersey lawyer, politician, and civil rights advocate [23]
Bill Spiller African-American golfer who challenged the segregationist policies of the PGA [24]
Heman Marion Sweatt Plaintiff in U.S. Supreme Court case, Sweatt v. Painter (1950); helped to found Texas Southern University
Lee Wilder Thomas Prominent African-American businessman in the oil industry
James Wheaton 1945 Actor, director, educator [25]
Jesse J. Williams 1971 Principal chemist, theologian
Richard Williams Jazz trumpeter
Floyd Iglehart 1958 NFL
George Kinney 1965 NFL
Mike Lewis 1980 NFL
C. O. Simpkins, Sr. Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1992-1996; retired Shreveport dentist [26]
Lee Thomas 1973 NFL
Kelton Winston 1968 NFL
Daryl Joy Walters 2014 Politician [27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members of CIC: Texas". cic.edu. 
  2. ^ "Wiley College (1873- ) - The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.wileyc.edu/history.asp
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/wiley-colleges-great-debaters
  6. ^ http://www.wileyc.edu/academics-office
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "James Farmer Memorial Page". Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  9. '^ BlackNews.com – American Legacy Magazines Story: The Great Debaters, Turns from Pages to the Big Screen Directed By and Starring Denzel Washington and Produced By Oprah Winfrey
  10. ^ "Wiley College". Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Wiley College – A Place Where Every Student Can Succeed, Dallas News
  12. ^ Forensic Society Debaters of Wiley College
  13. ^ "Marshall Texas Directory". 1946. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ The Decatur Review Long obituary March 24, 1966 page 13
  15. ^ The Chicago Defender "Wiley Coach Drops Dead in Football Classic" December 15, 1945 pages 1 & 5 and The Chicago Defender "Harry Long Joins Wiley Grid Staff" July 13, 1929 page 9
  16. ^ "Wiley Graduate of 1899 to be Honored with Citation". The Wiley Reporter. Marshall, Texas: Wiley College. May 1953. p. 1. Dr. Brown, the oldest living graduate of Wiley, entered the institution on his sixteenth birthday and finished in the class of 1899 at the age of twenty-four. 
  17. ^ Dogan Teycer, Lucile (May 1953). "Lois Towles in Wiley Concert". The Wiley Reporter. Marshall, Texas: Wiley College. p. 1. Students and friends of Wiley were thrilled by the superb concert of the internationally famous pianist, Lois Towles. 
  18. ^ Martin, Douglas (March 12, 2008). "Henrietta Bell Wells female member of Wiley College debate team". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  19. ^ Mary T. Henry, Dewitty, Thelma (1912–1977), HistoryLink, November 10, 1998. Accessed online September 30, 2008.
  20. ^ "James Farmer Biography: Greensboro Voices". Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  21. ^ Hearn, Phil. "Richard Holmes became MSU's first black student 40 years ago". Mississippi State University. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Conrad O. Johnson: Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Oliver Randolph". The New York Times. 1951-09-03. p. 13. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  24. ^ "One man's mission". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  25. ^ James Wheaton on IMDb
  26. ^ "C. O. Simpkins, Sr.: Civil Rights Champion". cosimpkins.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.daryljoywalters.com

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