Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Gardere 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.

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.

The 2018 finals competition was held Friday, Jan. 12, and marked the 26th anniversary in Dallas and 22nd in Houston. Fourth- and fifth-grade students delivered original three-to-five minute speeches, incorporating ideas from Dr. King’s writings, speeches and other records, to answer the question, “What is your dream for today’s world?”

We invite you to use #GardereMLK when posting about the event on your favorite social media sites.

2018 Press Release

2018 Dallas MLK Facts Page
2018 Dallas Event Photos

2018 Houston MLK Facts Page
2018 Houston Event Photos

View the 2018 Dallas Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Wesley Stoker of Harry C. Withers Elementary School below.

View the 2018 Houston Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winning speech given by Tchanori Kone of Gregory-Lincoln Education Center below.

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