Another theme highlighted is of being a strong reader, writer and thinker as evident by the efforts of James Jr, Henry and Samantha .James Jr is a renowned scholar and an important presence in the emerging student’s life. Samantha was the only female debater in the team, she was a strong reader and thinker and Henry was a powerful debater who was able to clearly express himself on the issues which directly affected communities which is a clear reflection of a proud Fort Harian.
A proud Fort Harian should have a strong understanding of the social issues around the world ,not only that directly affect him/her but which are affecting societies .In the movie the debaters understood the social issues which were designed to segregate communities. James Jr has seen the raving effects of racism all around him and longs to live in a future where no one must be in fear simply because of the color of their skin.
A socially engaged scholar is another theme shown. The movie explores the social constructs in Texas during the Great Depression including not only the day to day insults and slights African Americans endured but also a lynching for the fact that the debaters were socially engaged in these societies have a clear understanding of what was really going on.
2. The concepts acts as a basic foundation for all students to follow a certain