Chicago Public Schools students celebrate Dr. MLK Jr.during oratory competition

Chicago Public Schools students celebrate Dr. MLK Jr. during oratory competition
Fourth- and fifth-graders answer the question: “what would Dr. King’s vision be for America in 2020?”

On Friday, Jan. 17, 13 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will vie for the winning title during the final round of Chicago’s inaugural Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. The event invites local students to present original three-to-five-minute speeches addressing the topic: “What would Dr. King’s vision be for America in 2020?”

Students from four CPS schools participated in early January in in-school qualifying rounds to advance to the final round of competition. Participating schools include: Robert A. Black Magnet School, Arthur L. Dixon Elementary, Wendell Smith Elementary and Mildred Lavizzo Elementary.

Criteria for judging includes delivery, stage presence and decorum, content interpretation, and memorization. Judges include: Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois and Z Scott, President, Chicago State University.

Jasira King presents her speach during the 27’th Annual Foley Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition in Dallas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Michael Ainsworth)

The competition is being launched in Chicago after nearly 30 successful years in Houston and Dallas.

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