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“When I joined debate, it ignited a spark inside of me that made me feel like I could pursue big things that I didn’t think I could do before.”

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Make Room for Debate 2020-A Virtual Experience

It comes as no surprise that our Annual Make Room for Debate…

Our Executive Director Marks 2 Years with Chicago Debates

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn,…

The Resolution: July 2020 Monthly Newsletter

The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Awards Chicago Debates $15,000 We…

Our Contribution to Justice: Cultivating the Voice & Skills of our Future Leaders

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Rev.…

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9th Annual Make Room for Debate

Annually, over 300 of our supporters convene for our Make Room…
Debate Night