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Oratorical Speech Contest: A Celebration Of MLK

April 10, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MLK Oratory Contest

Words can change the world at the MLK, Jr. Oratorical Speech Contest in Dublin GA on Sunday, April 10th at 4 PM. The Celebration of the Speech-Making Tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has returned at the historic First African Baptist Church where a young Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his first public speech on April 17, 1944.

History

In 1944, the Colored Elks Clubs of Georgia held their state convention at First African Baptist Church in Dublin GA and sponsored an essay contest. Fifteen year old Martin Luther King Jr. read his essay at the convention and won first place.

In 2012, a group of dedicated civic-minded individuals sponsored the first-ever Oratorical Speech Contest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his first public speech. A monument now commemorates his first speech across the street from the historic church.

MLK, Jr. Oratorical Speech Contest Details

2022 Theme: “Black Health and Wellness” 

Students from 6th grade to 12th grade are invited to compete for a chance to win a cash prize! This year’s theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other means of practicing health and wellness (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.

Suggested topics for this year include: Health is Influenced by Food Choice and Focus on One Who Made a Difference in Black Health and WellnessAdditional suggestions can be found in the 2022 Oratorical Contestant’s Package (see below).

The oratorical speech contest will be held Sunday, April 10th, 2022 at 4 PM at First African Baptist Church located at 405 Telfair Street in Downtown Dublin, Georgia. Admission to view the contest is free and open to the public.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY MARCH 26th.

VIRTUAL ORATORICAL SPEECH ROUND-UP RALLY AND WORKSHOP IS SATURDAY, MARCH 26th at 12:30 PM. Zoom link is below.

Contestant Categories & Prizes 

This contest is open to children in grades 6th through 12th. There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.

Categories            Middle School       High School              Senior High School

Grades                    6th-8th                    9th-10th                      11th-12th

First Prize                 $100                           $150                            $200

Second Prize            $75                            $100                             $150

Third Prize                $50                            $75                                $100

Fourth Prize.            $25                             $25                               $25

Participation            $10                             $10                               $10

Contest Workshop

A Virtual Oratorical Speech Round-Up Rally Workshop is being held Saturday, March 26th from 12:30 PM to 2 PM via Zoom. If you are applying for the contest, please plan to attend the workshop.

Join the Zoom Meeting using the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89221657448?pwd=akhuL1hhV1pCK3BPd01ZaTJiNzFZZz09
or
CALL: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 892 2165 7448
Passcode: 225275

 The workshop is free and open to the public.

Applications & Info

Applications are due no later than Saturday, March 26th. For the application package, click here: 2022 – Oratorical Contestant’s Package

Application can be mailed to: MLK Oratorical Speech Contest; c/o 1105 Edgewood Drive.; Dublin, GA 31021 

For more information, please call 478-275-0967, 478-697-6817 or 478-272-4002.

Details

Date:
April 10, 2022
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
http://firstafricanbaptistdublinga.com

Venue

First African Baptist Church
405 Telfair Street
Dublin, GA 31021 United States
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