Chicago Elementary Students to Present Speeches Virtually at Foley’s 3rd Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

07 February 2022 Media Contact: Jen Dilworth 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, February 11, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Chicago Public Schools will vie for the winning title during the final round of Foley & Lardner LLP’s 3rd Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Hosted during Black History Month, the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition celebrates the history and contributions of Black Americans, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented, hosted and sponsored by Foley, the event invites local students to virtually 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 the live virtual competition HERE***

The fourth- and fifth- grade students competing in the finals include:

  • Nia Bey, Arthur L. Dixon Elementary
  • Shade Buck, Arthur L. Dixon Elementary
  • Kayla Crumpton, Dr. King Boys & Girls Club
  • Miracle Davis, Lavizzo Elementary
  • Payton Sawyer, Lenart Elementary
  • Ameerah Olugbile, Robert A. Black Magnet School
  • Michael Flowers, Robert A. Black Magnet School
  • Kristin Smith, Robert A. Black Magnet School
  • Hadja Sow, Warren Elementary
  • Anistaja Walters, Wendell Smith Elementary

To learn more about the competition, please click here. Be a part of the conversation online with #FoleyMLK.


Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Virtually via Microsoft Teams



In celebration of Black History Month and 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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