DALLAS - Students from 20 Dallas Independent School District schools competed in the 21st Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.
This year the students were asked to answer the question “If you could talk directly to Dr. King about your dream for our future, what would you tell him?”
The competition is a culmination of the studies on the late civil rights leader and his legacy. The students were required to write a speech and deliver a speech no longer than five-minutes.
The students were judged on their speeches, memorization and overall delivery.
Fourth and fifth graders across the district were narrowed down to 20 students for the semifinals. Eight students advanced to the finals.
Chinelo King, a fourth grader from John Neely Bryan Elementary School, won the competition. He received a backpack full of gifts and a $1,000 cash award.
The program is sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. The competition is held in Dallas and in Houston each year.