Dr. Martin Luther King will inspire several elementary school students to pick up a microphone and show off their oratory skills in the 17th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Finals at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ on Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Twelve students will be judged on delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation and memorization as they perform original three to five minute speeches designed to answer the question – “If you could talk directly to Dr. King about your dream for our future, what would you tell him?”
Aimed at celebrating cultural diversity and encouraging continued development of writing and oratory skills, the contest has had an impressive past and led to contest winners spreading Dr. King’s messages of hope on local and national news outlets. Last year’s second-place winner, Donovan Williams, a fifth grader at Cornelius Elementary, noted, “As a drum major for justice, Dr. King would surely share the baton with us.”
Check here to see the speeches from last year’s event, including the speech from winner Matthias McBride.
What: 17th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Finals
Where:Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ
When: Friday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.