Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Competition
Dr. W. Franklin Evans)  Entry Deadline: September 21, 2018
Updated:  August 18, 2018

Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest

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 Oratorical Contest provides College brothers the opportunity to enhance and display their communication skills through oration.  The contest fosters the development of leadership qualities as well as the ability to think intelligently and speak clearly.  It also prepares our collegiate members for the acceptance of duties and responsibilities of entering the real world.  Solid public speaking and written communication skills will be an integral part of an individual's chosen career field.


Each contestant must be an active undergraduate member of the Fraternity and financial at the Chapter, District, Regional and National levels.  Each contestant must be registered at the respective conference. 


The theme of the Oratorical Contest is given annually and shall be the general theme of the Fraternity.  The Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Competition theme: 

In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. King stated, "One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws, any law that uplifts the human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."  What is an Alpha Man’s responsibility in today's society?

Chapter Information

Below you will find all the information needed for your chapter and designated orator to participate in the Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest: