The Austin Area Heritage Council (AAHC) in collaboration with Google Fiber, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and, Child, Inc. are sponsoring the 17th Annual MLK Oratory Competition which will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 6:30pm.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be presented virtually in order to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and most importantly, for the students who are the future of this country.
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On August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech.
It called for civil and economic rights and the end to racism in the United States. Dr. King dreamed of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. Even though we are still facing the evils of racism, inequality and unjust acts from others in this country, we must continue to move forward.
Let’s continue to carry forward Dr. King’s unfinished work and his dream because change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” ……. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The topic for the 2022 MLK Oratory contest will be, “If Dr. King were alive today, what changes in today’s society would you recommend for his dream to become a reality in this country and in the world?”
Students are encouraged to consider Dr. Martin Luther King’s ideals and principles when creating their speeches and should follow the following criteria:
- The speeches must be written by the student and cannot be more than 5 minutes in length;
- The speeches should not include props or audience participation;- And, if a student decides to sing as part of his or her speech, the total around of song should be no more than 30 seconds in length.
At the final competition, judges are made aware of specifications and will keep them in mind as they judge the finalists on the following metrics:
- Stage Decorum
- Content Interpretation
- Expression and Memory, not on whether one student has more musical talent than another.