22nd Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Chase Roberts, 5th grader from Cornelius Elementary, performs his winning speech at the 19th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition on Jan. 16, 2015.
Photo by Kim Coffman

Continuing the tradition of honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, fourth- and fifth-grade students in Houston will deliver original three-to-five minute speeches answering the question: “What is your dream for today’s world?” More than 180 students representing 22 Houston ISD schools participated in the in-school competitions held in the fall.

One student from each participating school was selected to advance to the semi-final round. Of the 22 students, 12 finalists advance to the final competition. Criteria for judging include delivery, stage presence, and content interpretation and memorization at all three competition levels.

Event Details


1.12.18 | 10:00 am


Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
500 Clay St.
Houston, TX 77002


Ticket Info

Admission is free.