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Talented Youth Deliver Inspirational Words of Wisdom at Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competitions



Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is continuing its tradition of extolling the work and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competitions in Dallas and Houston.

"Our Firm is proud to continue its sponsorship of this competition featuring outstanding fourth and fifth grade students." says Dwight 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 2014 events took place on Friday, Jan. 17, marking the 22nd competition in Dallas and 18th in Houston. The students delivered original three-five minute speeches answering the question, "If Dr. King were speaking at a March on Washington today, what would he say?"

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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View the 2014 Dallas MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Kayla O'Neal of J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard below.

Kayla O’Neal


View the 2014 Houston MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Amari Venzor of Cornelius Elementary School below.

Amari Venzor


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