The Wiley College Debate Team is wildly successful and eventually becomes the first black school to debate with white schools.
They eventually get an invitation to debate the national champions (Harvard University). The debate is to be held on Harvard's campus. The topic of the debate is the morality of civil disobedience. The Wiley team argues that civil disobedience may be the most moral way to bring about change, as violence is the real immoral conduct. While the Harvard team argues that citizens cannot pick & choose which laws to follow and that civil disobedience leads to anarchy.
The Wiley Team wins the debate and goes on to be undefeated for the next 10 years.