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 “He’s My Brother: Reforming the Criminal Justice System and Addressing the High Rate of Black Men Incarcerated in America.” and we at WatchTheYard.com have video of Bro. Jaz Johnson, a Spring 2015 initiate of the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at Virginia Commonwealth University who placed first at the Eastern Region Convention’s Belford E. Lawson Oratorical Contest.
Watch his speech below:
(This speech was the winning speech at the 84th Eastern Regional Convention held in Pittsburgh, PA. But was re-recorded because the original footage was not available)
Share on Facebook if you think this young man deserves to go VIRAL for his speech!
AKAs7 days ago
Her Alpha Kappa Alpha Line Sisters Showed up to Surprise Her With a Song During Chemo
Deltas4 days ago
What Netflix’s ‘Self Made’ Series Got Wrong About Delta Sigma Theta’s Margaret Murray Washington
Sigmas5 days ago
This Is How The Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Revealed Their Spring 2020 Line at Jackson State University
Deltas1 week ago
Delta Sigma Theta Soror from Mobile, Al Pays Homage to Her Sorority and West Point with Beautiful Custom Mardi Gras Train
Service1 week ago
Scholly Releases Student Relief Fund Giving $200 to Students and Parents Who Have Been Financially Impacted by the Coronavirus
Alphas3 days ago
This Is How Alpha Phi Alpha Revealed Its Spring 2020 Line at The University of Houston
chapter leadership4 days ago
5 Ways to Improve Your Fraternity/Sorority Chapter’s Instagram Page
obituary5 days ago
Black Greekdom Mourns The Death of Omega and Beloved Detroit Community Leader Marlowe Stoudamire