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:
Good Day Chicago – WFLD-TV
Making a Difference – WMAQ-TV
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - WLS-TV
‘What Would Dr. King Say To Us Today?’ – KXAS-TV
Dallas Student Wins Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition – Spectrum News 1
‘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)
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
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