The Social Justice Debates are an annual intercollegiate debate series founded by Morehouse College and The George Washington University. The only intercollegiate debate series in the world dedicated to social justice topics, the Social Justice Debates aspire to promote productive and rigorous debates challenging current and future thought leaders to consider issues of justice in relation to the distribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege in U.S. society.

The Social Justice Debates are a civic debate education program coordinated by the Civic Debate Conference. Learn more about civic debate education and the Civic Debate Conference.

The 2019-20 Social Justice Debates will challenge diverse groups of students drawn from across the nation to come together to engage the question of whether reparations ought be provided to U.S. citizens descended from slaves. The series will culminate in a US national championship tournament held at Morehouse College on Martin Luther King Jr Weekend. Learn more about the 2019-2020 debates.

The Social Justice Debates were founded in 2016 as a tribute to the teaching and scholarship of Professor Derrick A. Bell. Learn more about the history and mission of the Social Justice Debates.