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



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 2015 events held on Friday, Jan. 16, marked the 23rd competition in Dallas and 19th in Houston. This year, students delivered 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?" Fifth grader Etana King from John Neely Bryan Elementary School took home first place in Dallas, and Chase Roberts, 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.

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

2015 Press Release

2015 Dallas MLK Event Facts Page
2015 Dallas Event Photos

2015 Houston MLK Event Facts Page
2015 Houston Event Photos

View the 2015 Dallas MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Etana King of John Neely Bryan Elementary School below.

Etana King


View the 2015 Houston MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Chase Roberts of Cornelius Elementary School below.

Chase Roberts


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