The Austin Area Heritage Council (AAHC), in collaboration with Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Google Fiber and Child, Inc., will host the 13th Annual MLK Oratory Competition. This event will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at St. James’ Episcopal Church located at 1941 Webberville Road, Austin, Texas 78721 at 6:30pm.
As we recall Dr. Martin Luther King’s untimely death at the age of 39 in 1968, it is still very hard to believe that it will be 50 years from the date of his assassination on April 4, 2018. We remember Dr. King as a minister, humanitarian, civil rights leader and activist who influenced American society with the strong belief in non-violence and peaceful protest. He dedicated his life to achieving equality and justice for all Americans of all colors. “MLK50 Forward: Together We Win With Love For Humanity” is the theme of The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change “(The King Center)” in Atlanta, Georgia as the center celebrates 50 years since opening its doors. Educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the King Center is dedicated to inspiring new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, by strengthening causes and empowering change-makers who are continuing his efforts today.
Oratory Finalists will compete in a five-minute speech based on the theme, “As we continue with the legacy of Dr. King and if he were alive today, what dream would you personally discuss with him to promote and deliver to the people of the world in hopes of creating a better place for everyone to live in?” These inspiring young speakers will compete by delivering personally written speeches commemorating Dr. King’s ideals and principals by continuing to encourage his legacy of peace and unity.
Students from the followings schools will compete in the 2018 MLK Oratory Competition:
- Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary
- Barbara Jordan Early College Prep
- Maplewood Elementary
- G.W. Norman Early College Prep
- Volma Overton Early College Prep
- Pecan Springs Early College Prep
- Texas Empowerment Academy
- John B. Winn Elementary
PHOTOS FROM 2016 MLK ORATORY COMPETITION