Foley’s 2023 MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Attracts Widespread Media Coverage

19 January 2023 News

Foley’s Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition received widespread media coverage.

The 2023 competitions invited fourth- and fifth-grade students to present original three- to five-minute speeches addressing the topic: “What would Dr. King say to us today about hope for tomorrow?"

At the final rounds of the competition held in Chicago, Dallas, and Houston on Friday, January 13, the students showcased their months of hard work and preparation to deliver their prepared remarks. The students were evaluated on delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation, and memorization.

Foley’s Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition is held each year in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day to remember and pay tribute to the late civil rights leader’s legacy. Foley established the event to inspire students to learn more about Dr. King and help cultivate elementary school students’ writing and speaking skills.

To read more about the 2023 competition and view the winning speeches, click here.          

The media coverage is available at the following links:

Chicago

Good Day Chicago – WFLD-TV

Making a Difference – WMAQ-TV

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - WLS-TV

Winner in CPS' Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest: 'This is such a big thing' – ABC 7 Online

CPS Students Participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition – NBC 5 Online

Dallas

What Would Dr. King Say To Us Today?’ – KXAS-TV

The 31st Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – KXAS-TV

Meet your new MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winner, Zihair Douglas – KTVT-TV

MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Winner Zihair Douglas Shares Speech – WFAA-TV

Dallas Student Wins Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – Spectrum News 1

North Texas Observances of MLK Day Include Scholars, Parades, and Festivals – D Magazine

‘We should be the first to do right,’ Dallas fifth grader encourages in MLK Jr. speech – The Dallas Morning News

Zihair Douglas' winning speech for the 31st Annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – The Dallas Morning News (Video)

North Texas elementary school students honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – CBS DFW Online

Dallas ISD Hosts 31st Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – NBC DFW Online

Dallas ISD's MLK Oratory Competition crowns a winner – ABC 8 Online

Eight Dallas ISD students will compete in annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – The Dallas Examiner

Eight Dallas ISD students will compete in annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – Dallas Independent School District Newsletter

Walnut Hill International Leadership Academy student ranks top 8 in MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – Preston Hollow Advocate

North Texas Elementary School Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Patch Dallas

Houston

27th Annual MLK Oratory Speech Competition – KRIV-TV

Houston ISD 27th Annual MLK Oratory Speech Competition winner, Kadence Smith, joins FOX 26 morning show

Students Shine in MLK Oratory Competition - KHOU-TV

27th Annual MLK, Jr., Oratory Competition (Online Stream) – KHOU-TV

Students Compete in Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition – KPRC-TV

Kadence Smith of Law Elementary Wins MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – KTRK-TV

Winner of MLK Jr. Oratory Competition performs LIVE on Houston Happens – CW39

Despite obstacles, HISD students say they find hope in MLK Day speech competition – Houston Chronicle

Fifth grader wins Houston ISD’s 2023 MLK Oratory Speech Competition – Houston Public Media

HISD students share vision of MLK’s dream during 27th annual oratory competition – NBC Houston Online

Fifth grader wins Houston ISD’s 2023 MLK Oratory Speech Competition – Houston Style Magazine

HISD students compete in 2023 MLK Oratory Competition – Houston Defender

Elementary School Students From Across the Country Honor Dr. King by Writing Their Own Speeches as Part of the 27th Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – Northwest News Radio

National

Foley’s Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition Announces 2023 Winners – PR Newswire