Dallas Elementary Students Present Passionate Speeches at Foley’s 30th Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

10 January 2022 News

Fourth- and fifth-grade students answer the question: “How would Dr. King assess our progress in achieving his vision for America?”

Who & What

On Friday, Jan. 14, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Dallas ISD elementary schools will vie for the winning title during the final round of Foley & Lardner LLP’s 30th Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.

Presented, hosted and sponsored by Foley, the event invites local students to present original three-to-five-minute speeches addressing the topic: “How would Dr. King assess our progress in achieving his vision for America?”

***Media are invited to view and record the livestream of the event on DallasISD.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dallasisd or on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/657611343***

Nearly 100 students representing 20 Dallas ISD schools participated in the in-school qualifying rounds in the fall, all done via video submissions. One student from each school was selected to advance to the semifinal round held Dec. 7, 2021. Of the 18 semifinalists, eight have advanced to the final competition. Criteria for judging include delivery, stage presence, and content interpretation and memorization. To learn more about the competition, please click here.

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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


W.H. Adamson High School
309 East 9th Street
Dallas, TX 75203

Watch the livestream at www.facebook.com/dallasisd, DallasISD.org or www.vimeo.com/657611343.


In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the competition is designed to highlight the cultural diversity of the community while recognizing and encouraging the writing and public speaking skills of elementary school students.

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