The performances of several HISD elementary school students who delivered original Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired speeches last week garnered praise from both local and national media outlets. ABC’s Good Morning America described the students’ speeches as “profound” and “impressive.”
The students’ speeches focused on the question, “What would Dr. King say in his campaign speech if he were running for president this year?” as part of the 20thannual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
Students from Cornelius, Pleasantville, Wainwright, and Whidby elementary schools were featured in news stories on the competition, thanking Dr. King for his service and legacy. Parts of their speeches also were highlighted on TV.
Cornelius fifth-grader Richard Espinoza-Garza, who won the competition, told ABC that Dr. King “meant we should all come together – all races, all cultures.”
Click the links below to view stories on HISD students participating in the oratory competition.
- Good Morning America: Students Imagine What Martin Luther King Jr. Would Say in Presidential Campaign Today
- Huffington Post: Students Imagine What MLK’s Presidential Campaign Would Sound Like Today
- Houston Chronicle: Stirring speeches celebrate legacy of MLK
- ABC 13 KTRK-TV: What would MLK, Jr. say today if he was running for president?
- Houston Public Media: One Competitor In King Speech Competition Has a Formula for Harmony
- KHOU-TV Channel 11: MLK oratory contest brings fierce competition