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Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest - 2014

Thank you for showing interest in the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Your participation in this contest will afford you the opportunity to share how the life and legacy of Dr. King has impacted your life and other topics relative to his life.  The rules for this contest are below and are not negotiable. 


Undergraduate and graduate North Carolina A&T State University students.



  • Orations must not be less than four (4) minutes and not exceed eight (8) minutes.
  • Contestant will deliver oration from memory
  •  Contestant will introduce himself/herself by stating in complete sentences: "Judges, Fellow Aggies, Ladies and Gentlemen of the audience, my oratory topic is..."
  • Timekeeper will indicate wrap-up time one minute before time expires
  • Business Casual or Business Professional - Required


Contestant must upload an original, typewritten, double spaced composition of oration via the online application which must be submitted by January 6, 2014. 

Contestants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

 Aplomb (poise, self-confidence, audience appeal
 Voice quality ( audibility, articulation, inflection of voice, moderation of pitch)
 Physical dynamics (proper use of gestures)
 Observance of time limit
 Creativity and relevant content (poetic and/or musical interpretation is welcome)
 Accuracy of content

 Suggested Topics - Creativity in selecting topics is encouraged. Below is a list of suggested topics. However, contestants' choice of topic is not limited to the following: 

  •  Share the meaning and relevance of the MLK Celebration Theme: “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?”
  • Relate your current and future commitment to Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence, peaceful acceptance and respect
  • What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy means to me...
  • The 21st century depends upon me...
  • March from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery
  • Letter from Birmingham jail
  • March on Washington, D.C.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

Contest Prizes

  • First Place - $500
  • Second Place - $ 250
  • Third Place - $150

Additionally, Grand Prize Winner will perform their winning oratory at the MLK Commemorative Celebration on January 23, 2014 in Harrison Auditorium at 7:30pm 

How to Apply

  • Complete Application
  • Upload prewritten oratory
  • Upload audio or video recording of your oratory

This form closed on January 8, 2014 12:15 AM EST