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Every year, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. hosts its Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest in which collegiate members demonstrate their oratorical skills.

The contestants compete first at the chapter level, with the winner competing at the state, regional and general convention. According to the fraternity, “the purpose of the Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest is to identify problems or special topics of interest within society and determine how the problem or topic relates to the goals and objectives of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.”

The theme of this year’s competition is “What is the role of black men in upholding the respect of womanhood in today’s society?” and we at WatchTheYard.com have video of Bro. Anthony D. Perry Jr., a member of the Psi Chapter at the University of Pennslyvania who placed first at the Eastern Region Convention’s Belford E. Lawson Oratorical Contest and will be moving to nationals.

Watch his speech below:

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