Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest is offered to students of the Greater Hartford area schools. Students are encouraged to create an original speech based on a theme provided by the Foundation. Students are also provided with one-on-one coaching by an assigned mentor from the Foundation’s Speaker Bureau who will help participants strengthen their speeches and hone their speaking skills.  Separate awards for middle and high school finalists who will compete. Each group (middle and high school) will have scholarship opportunities ranging from $200.00 – $750.00 in book scholarships.

Please click on the link below and print. Once printed and filled out, you have three (3) options:

  1. scan and email (by January 3, 2020 at 12pm) to MLKoratorical@bsleducation.org, with “MLK Oratorical – 2020” in the subject line, or
  2. bring with you to the tryouts on January 4, 2020 at 10am or
  3. mail completed form to BSL Education Foundation P.O. Box 891, Hartford Ct. 06143 (must be received by January 2, 2020)

MLK Oratorical – Contest Rules, Guidelines, Registration and Judging Criteria – 2020


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  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

    – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.