Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Oratorical Competition

For over 22 years, this program has lifted the confidence, oratory skills and passion of Essex County young men in 7th and 8th grade. The participants give a speech on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Perspectives on the World Today".

All participants are given an allotted amount of time to present their speech at a preliminary contest. The top seven (7) participants participate in a luncheon during MLK weekend where they present their speeches before an audience and judges. The participants are judged on 10 criteria, including oratorical skills, content, time management, presentation, along with other criteria.

Through community contributions, ticket sales and sponsorships, the Foundation provides monetary awards to the winners.

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Noah Akinnuoye (7th Grade)

South Orange Middle School

MD Chowdhury (8th Grade)

Mount Vernon School

Chisom Ike (8th Grade)

Mount Vernon School

Kamsiyochukwu Keke (7th Grade)

Far Brook School

Joshua King (8th Grade)

13th Ave./Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School

Malachi Michel (7th Grade)

Aquinas Academy

Zaa'khir Witherspoon (7th Grade)

Marion P. Thomas Charter School