3rd Annual AAMI “Lift Every Voice” Public Speaking Event Photo Gallery
To mark the beginning of Black History Month, AAMI hosted a public speaking event for young men of color in grades 5 to 10 this past Saturday. The third annual “Lift Every Voice” challenged youth to examine civic issues affecting the African American community while developing their written and verbal communication skills through prepared and extemporaneous public speeches. This year’s event at the Minisink Townhouse featured approximately 75 speakers from AAMI, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Riverside Baptist Church, M.S. 61, George Jackson Academy, Harlem Link Academy and other community organizations, delivered to an audience of family, friends and community members.
The program began with a tribute to Nelson Mandela by the Little Lights Performance Group, and was followed by debate sessions on whether or not pro-athletes are good role models. Congressman Charles Rangel and Councilwoman Inez Dickens then gave remarks before a persuasive speech round touching upon which issues young people in America should champion today. Topics covered in the persuasive speeches included police brutality, the impact of drug abuse on the community and the disconnection of today’s youth from African American history.
The event wrapped up with speech awards and recognitions. Congratulations to all who participated!