The Social Justice Debates is 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 series. Civic debate is not a single debate format but rather a set of best practices for debate education developed by the annual Civic Debate Conference that prioritize debate as a tool for engagement, scholarship and service.  For more information about civic debate click here.

The 2018-2019 Social Justice Debates will culminate in the Morehouse Social Justice Debates U.S. National Championship over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 19-20, 2019, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. Three preliminary tournaments will be held in Fall 2018 at the University of Southern California, Sept 29-30, the University of Rhode Island, Oct 6-7, and The George Washington University, Nov 17-18. To learn more about the Social Justice Debates click here.  

For the 2018-19 selected scholar, the Walter E. Massey Leadership Center at Morehouse College has supported Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. For more on 2018-19 click here.