Yale NAACP Chapter Hosts Oratory Competition

kevinbeckfordBy Kevin Beckford, President of the Yale Chapter of the NAACP

On November 8, 2009, the Yale Chapter of the NAACP hosted our 3rd annual high school oratory competition and awards dinner. The theme of the oratory competition was "Is Health Case a Right or a Privilege?" High school student all across New Haven were invited to participate in the oratory competition, where each student was given five minutes to present their case.

The following students placed in the competition: Zahrae Al-Hazimy, 3rd Place winner (see video); Alexandria Oliver, 2nd Place Winner; and Nia Vaughn, 1st Place (see video). Students were awarded over $500 in scholarship money. The event also featured performances by Yale's premier poetry group WORD. The event was held at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University and was followed by a formal dinner and presentation of awards.

The oratory competition is held each fall and it complimented by an essay competition and awards dinner. The Yale NAACP recognizes the talents and gifts that many of our youth have; our Essay and Oratory competitions serve as a forum for students to presents and be awarded to their talents and to get them to think about critical issues affecting our communities. For more information about either competition, please visit www.yale.edu/ynaacp or email ynaacp (at) gmail.com.