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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 2015 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 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 2015 events will take place on Friday, Jan. 16, marking the 23rd competition in Dallas and 19th in Houston. This year, students will deliver original three to five minute speeches answering the question, "If Dr. King were to win the Nobel Peace Prize today, what would he say in his acceptance speech?"

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.

View Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

2015 Dallas MLK Event Facts Page
2015 Houston MLK Event Facts Page

Past Competitions

2014 Press Release

2014 Dallas MLK Event Photos
2014 Dallas MLK Event Facts Page

2014 Houston MLK Event Photos
2014 Houston MLK Event Facts Page

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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