Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

2017 Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to continue its tradition of extolling the work and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition held in Dallas and Houston.

This year's final competition was held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 and marked the 25th anniversary in Dallas and 21st in Houston. This year, students delivered original three-to-five minute speeches answering the question, "If Dr. King were alive today, what would he say about Muhammad Ali’s contribution to society?" Fifth-grader Sierra Jones from Charles Rice Learning Center took home first place in Dallas, and Nhedrick Jabier, a fourth-grade student from Crespo Elementary, was the winner in Houston.

Established in 1993 in Dallas and expanded four years later to Houston, this unique event encourages the development of research, writing and oratory skills of hundreds of Dallas and Houston elementary school children. The students' speeches not only address how Dr. King impacts today's world but also illustrate how his words continue to affect their lives and inspire their perspectives.

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2017 Dallas Gardere MLK Jr. Event Facts Page
2017 Houston Gardere MLK Jr. Event Facts Page
2017 Press Release

View the 2017 Dallas Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Sierra Jones of Charles Rice Learning Center below.

View the 2017 Houston Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Nhedrick Jabier of Crespo Elementary School below.

View the Dallas 25th Anniversary Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition video below.

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