MLK Oratory Competition

posted Dec 18, 2017, 9:35 AM by Keri Miles   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

The purpose of this event is to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the rich Civil Rights heritage in Northwest Louisiana through the art of oratorical presentation, while showcasing the emerging leadership of talented youth in the region. The 2018 program will be held on Sat. January 20, 2018 at 1PM on the campus of Centenary College. The oratory competition is open to all students grades 3rd-5th (elementary division), 6th-8th (junior division), 9th-12th (senior division).  This year’s theme is: Been to the Mountaintop.

Juniors and Seniors must choose one of the topics below:

  • Share the meaning and importance of this year’s theme: “Been To The Mountaintop” as it relates to today’s Civil Rights Movement and the title of Dr. King’s last speech “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” delivered on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee—the day before he was assassinated.
  • Relate your own commitment to Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violence, peaceful acceptance, respect, the mountaintop, and the Promised Land.
  • Share the legacy of a local Civil Rights Leader and how his/her life’s work was influenced or impacted by the work of Dr. King (i.e. the late Dr. E. Edward Jones, Dr. C.O. Simpkins, Rev. Harry Blake, Mamie Love Wallace, the late Bernice Smith, etc.) 

Attached is a copy of the competition poster and the oratory application. Applications are due Friday, January 5, 2018. ***Deadline has been extended to January 15***

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Dec 18, 2017, 9:35 AM
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