2020 Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Colin Harris, right, a fifth-grade student from J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard in Dallas, reacts to winning first place in the 28th Annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. (Photo Credit: Rex C. Curry/ Foley & Lardner LLP)


January 15, 2021
11:00 AM until 12:30 PM


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On Friday, Jan. 15, fourth and fifth-grade students at Dallas ISD elementary schools will vie for the winning title during the final round of the 29th annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.

Presented, hosted and sponsored by law firm Foley & Lardner, the event invites local students to present original three-to-five-minute speeches addressing the topic: “How do you think Dr. King’s teachings can help us today?”

More than 65 students representing 13 Dallas ISD schools participated in the in-school qualifying rounds in the fall, all done via video submissions. One student from each school was selected to advance to the semifinal round held Dec. 8. Of the 13 semifinalists, eight have advanced to the final competition. Criteria for judging include delivery, stage presence, and content interpretation and memorization.

Watch the livestream at DallasISD.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/dallasisd. Be a part of the conversation online with #FoleyMLK.

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the competition is designed to highlight the cultural diversity of the community while recognizing and encouraging the writing and public speaking skills of elementary school students.