27th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Fifth grader Kennedi Stone gives her speech during the 26th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.

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Oratory competition for Dallas 4th and 5th grade students honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The eight finalists who have advanced to the final round of competition will deliver original 3 to 5 minute speeches, incorporating ideas from Dr. King’s writings and speeches to answer the question, "What would Dr. Martin Luther King say to children of today?"

The annual MLK Oratory Competition is presented, hosted and sponsored by Foley Gardere law firm to recognize and encourage the writing and oratory skills of elementary students.

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