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112th Richmond Speaking Contest

The Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, will present the 112th Richmond Speaking Contest of the Buffalo Public Schools, to be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 10:00am–12:00pm at Roswell Park Hohn Auditorium, at Carlton and Elm Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.


Mrs. Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo; Ms. Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Buffalo; Ms. Ashley Rowe, News Anchor at WKBW News Channel 7;  and Mr. Al Vaughters, Reporter, WIVB-TV, Channel 4, will serve as contest judges.


Participating schools are: Harriet Ross Tubman School #31, Bennett Park Montessori School #32, Bilingual Center #33, Lovejoy Discovery School #43, Discovery School #67, Lorraine Elementary #72, Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy #74, Harvey Austin School#97, Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School #37, Southside Elementary #93, New BUILD Community School #92, Native American Magnet School#19, and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts #192.



The contests are held each year in honor of Henry A. Richmond, who grew up in Batavia and attended school in Geneva, N.Y. and later moved to Buffalo, N.Y.  Upon arriving in Buffalo, Henry Richmond immediately became involved with ensuring the educational growth of Buffalo.  Richmond was an advocate for the students in Buffalo and, with his leadership, the Buffalo School Association was organized.  The association was a strong gathering of the intellectual forces in Buffalo and worked cooperatively with the Superintendent of Buffalo Schools to ensure that all students were in a safe environment when at school. He maintained a close personal touch with the schools and their welfare, and the Richmond prize for oratory was founded and endowed by him.


The contest will be video live streamed on the Buffalo Public Schools website at