MLK Oratorical Contest

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The Essay quote for this year’s competition is:

“The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open”

                                         - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if the difference you seek is meant only to affect the quality of your own life, be clear on what it is what you want, as well as the path to get there.

Please address these following questions in your Oratorical essay/speech:

  • What dreams do you hope to fulfill that will make a major effect on society or the people around you?

  • What inspired you to have these dreams? (Ex: economy, social issues, family matters).

  • To dream is to dream, but to act is to make that dream come true. What plan of action will you take to make your dreams come true?

  • What are a few shortcomings or impediments do you think you may confront. How will you overcome them?

  • How does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quote translate to the topic of pursuing your dreams?

Cash Prizes:  1st Place  $300, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75

Each student will have 2 minutes to recite their essay word for word.

Key Dates:

  • Monday, December 19th @ 5:00 PM (Mandatory Orientation & Sign up)
  • Tuesday, December 27th @ 5:00 PM (1st Official rehearsal)
  • Monday, January 2nd @ 5:00 PM (2nd Official rehearsal)
  • Wednesday, January 12th @ 5:00 PM (3rd rehearsal)

All meetings and rehearsals will be at the Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center (132 Willie Smokie Glover Dr, Macon, GA 31201)

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