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SHREVEPORT, La. — Jamarsa Peters was minding his own business working as a teller at Shreveport Federal Credit Union when he got a call from the choreographer who led the dance company at his alma mater, Grambling State University.

Legendary actor, producer and director Denzel Washington was in town shooting his movie, “The Great Debaters,” a film based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College, a historically black college, who formed a debate team which beat Harvard in 1935 during the national championships. The film is scheduled to be released in 2008 and is being produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

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