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SCLC Sponsors Speech Contest for Southern California Students
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 11, 2014

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Reverend William Smart and the The Emerging Leaders Committee of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California is sponsoring a Speech Contest for Middle and High School students.  The contest will culminate with student presentations on Thursday, January 15, at the Museum of African American Art in Macy’s Department Store, 3rd floor, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd.    

The Emerging Leaders Committee of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California is sponsoring a Speech Contest for Middle and High School students.  The contest will culminate with student presentations on Thursday, January 15, at the Museum of African American Art in Macy’s Department Store, 3rd floor, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd.

The essay period is now open and closes on December 30.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Judges will score each essay and contestants will be notified on January 7, if they will advance to the next round for a live placement competition on January 10, 2015. 

This round will consist of 25 middle school age students and 25 high school age students.  The students will be judged separately against their peers (i.e. middle school v. middle school; high school v. high school).  The top three students from each category will advance to the final round and present their topic to judges on the night of January 15.

Each student must present a five-minute written presentation that they will later read to the judges at an appointed time on January 15.  Advancing students will be selected that same night.

Dr. Martin Luther King was known for his moving speeches and ability to capture audiences with strong messaging to promote civil rights for African Americans and all Americans – well before the age of social media.  If Dr. King were alive today, what “Hashtag ” would he create to continue and promote his legacy on social media platforms, as possibly the most powerful civil rights leader to ever live?  Student speeches must explain what their proposed Hashtag is, what it means, why they think it’s relevant and why they think Dr. King would select it.

For submissions to be properly considered and complete, students must email essays with 1) full name; 2) age; 3) grade level; 4) name of school, to:  Attention:  Juanita Hamilton jhamilton90210@aol.com with a copy to jamie.wrightesq.com.  Failure to follow these exact rules will result in automatic disqualification.

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Hamilton at jhamilton90210@aol.com or Jamie Wright at jamie.wrightesq.com. 

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