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Are we still feeling the effects of slavery? Buffalo students answer the question

Nick Lippa

African-American high-school and collegiate students competed Wednesday night in Buffalo’s second annual Black History Month Oratorical competition. This year’s topic was, “Are we still feeling the effects of slavery, or do we live in a time when black men and women have equal opportunity to succeed?”

WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an audio postcard of the students’ speeches to the backing of former UB professor and legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus’ Freedom.

The event was organized by Duncan Kirkwood and held at the Northland Workforce Training Center.

A total of $1,000 in cash prizes was split amongst the winners.

Watch Rahim Dunston (16) of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts who finished in first place:


You can listen to the speeches below:

Brandon Jenkins (18) is a high school senior at the Buffalo Academy of Science

Savannah Worth (16) is in grade 11 at Health Sciences Charter School. She finished in third place.

Isaiah Brown (17) is in grade 12 at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School. He finished in second place.

Malik Patterson (18) is a freshman at ECC

Winter Dixon (15) is in grade 9 at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School


Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.
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