Honoring a legacy

Join Dallas ISD virtually at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch fourth and fifth graders compete in the 30th Annual MLK Oratory Competition. The event is co-presented by Dallas ISD and Foley and Lardner, LLP.

Eight talented orators will present their self-composed speech on the topic: “How would Dr. King assess our progress in achieving his vision for America?”  The competition begins at 11:00 a.m. and will be streamed via the district’s website and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dallasisd.

Finalists are:

  • Zihair Douglas, fourth grade, T.L. Marsalis Elementary School
  • Arianna Garcia, fifth grade, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School
  • Daniella Goffney-Mitchell, fourth grade, Thomas Tolbert Elementary School
  • Kiyan Harrison, fourth grade, Jack Lowe, Sr. Elementary School
  • Diamond McKinney, fifth grade, Clara Oliver Elementary School
  • Jaliaha Rodgers, fifth grade, J.P. Starks Math, Science, and Technology Vanguard
  • Chance Taylor, fifth grade, Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Tristan Whitfield, fifth grade, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • Jackson Smith, fourth grade, Martin Luther King, Jr Arts Academy*

*Will compete should one of the finalists be unable to participate.

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