MLK Oratory Competition


2016 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 MLK Jr. Oratory Competitions held in Dallas and Houston.

"Our Firm is proud to continue its sponsorship of this competition featuring outstanding fourth and fifth grade students." says Dwight M. Francis, co-chair of Gardere's Diversity Committee. "The contest encourages scholarship while reinforcing the need for unity and the vital human traits of compassion and justice – traits that are crucial throughout the community."

The 2016 events held on Friday, Jan. 15, marked the 24th competition in Dallas and 20th in Houston. This year, students delivered original three to five minute speeches answering the question, "What would Dr. King say in his campaign speech if he were running for president this year?" Fifth grader Lyriq Turner from Charles Rice Learning Center took home first place in Dallas, and Richard Espinosa-Garza, a fifth-grade student at Cornelius 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.

2016 Press Release

2016 Dallas MLK Event Facts Page
2016 Dallas Event Photos

2016 Houston MLK Event Facts Page
2016 Houston Event Photos

View the 2016 Dallas MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Lyriq Turner of Charles Rice Learning Center below.



View the 2016 Houston MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Richard Espinosa-Garza of Cornelius Elementary School below.

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