Morehouse College Debate Team

The Morehouse Debate Team was initially established in 1903 as a literary society and has participated in intercollegiate debate since 1906. Over the next century and more, the Morehouse College Debate has played an often overlooked but critical role in the academic culture at the college. It has also served as an intellectual sharpening block for some of the world’s most influential and brightest thinkers.

The debate team truly began to grow and expand under the tutelage of then-Mathematics professor Benjamin Elijah Mays in 1921, who was recruited from the University of Chicago by John Hope, Morehouse’s first African-American president. Mays’ efforts as a debate coach turned the team into an organization that exemplified the school’s emphasis on oration, composition, and argumentation as skills to be mastered by all students. Mays also had a very immediate and early impact on perhaps Morehouse’s most famous team partners to date: Howard Thurman and James Nabrit. Thurman went on to become a renowned theologian and civil rights activist who was one of the first to talk with Mohandas Gandhi to discuss Non-Violent Direct Action. Nabrit would become an Ambassador for the United Nations and a critical legal member of the NAACP legal team in the Brown vs. Board decision in 1954. The two were of course very successful during their tenure at Morehouse, winning several debate competitions.

Class Year Leaderboard
Which Morehouse Class will be on top in 2023! #Tuesday4TheHouse competition is on!
What is your class year? (Four digits, e.g. 1991)
Rank Answer Amount
1 1994 $40,360.88
2 1990 $27,200.00
3 1983 $25,930.00
4 1992 $21,610.12
5 1993 $19,620.00
6 1984 $17,071.00
7 1988 $15,353.00
8 2002 $12,285.00
9 1995 $12,124.45
10 1989 $11,931.00
11 1999 $11,505.00
12 1997 $9,330.00
13 1987 $8,800.00
14 1975 $8,485.00
15 1979 $6,875.00
Top Chapter & Affinity Groups
Ranking of chapters and affinity group participation - reach out to your friends to move your group up on the ranking!
Chapter & Affinity Groups
Rank Answer Donors
1 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 143
2 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 134
3 Atlanta Chapter 101
4 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 57
5 Washington, D.C. Chapter 51
6 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 36
7 Chicago Chapter 33
8 Football Team 29
9 Thomas J. Blocker Society 29
10 Glee Club 24
11 Bonner Scholars Program 17
12 Student Government 17
13 Los Angeles Chapter 16
14 Houston Chapter 15
15 House of Funk Marching Band 14
Who supports Morehouse?
We are so grateful to all of our benefactors!
How are you affiliated with Morehouse College?
Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumnus $850,920.73
2 Friend of the College $626,394.67
3 Parent of Former Student $18,374.92
4 Parent of Current Student $16,374.40
5 Faculty/Staff $3,160.00
6 Current Student $2,330.90
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