MLK Jr. Communication Contest

Christ Church and YWCA Delaware presented the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest on January 15, 2017. The competition is designed to challenge high school students to develop and communicate their ideas using poetry, speech, and/or rap, reflecting on Dr. King’s legacy while sharing their proposed action for change within the Wilmington community. Unlike typical public speaking contests, the message is the priority, and youth have creative freedom to express and communicate their message. This year 16 high schools from throughout New Castle County were represented. Participants did a fabulous job and impressed the judges, audience, and their peers as they spoke to their hopes and dreams for today.

Vote for the MLK Communication Contest

Click here to cast your vote today - and every day until May 12 - for the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest to receive a $50,000-$100,000 grant from USA Today's A Community Thrives (ACT). With this grant, we will expand the contest to include the entire state of Delaware, where many students hail from hurting communities and need the opportunity to be heard and to contribute to matters of social change.

A Community Thrives is a nationwide program developed by the USA Today Network that provides the resources necessary for community members to act on ideas that improve the people, organizations, and businesses around them in an effort to change the landscape when it comes to wellness, arts and culture, and education - and then fund the best ideas in an effort to create real change.  The MLK Communication Contest is one of those initiatives, but we need your help.  Please vote!

2017 Contest Winners

Congratulations to Tyrek Traylor, Conrad School of Science (Grade 12); Nana Ohemaa Asante, Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 12); and Madison Washington, Cab Calloway School of Performing Arts (Grade 9) who were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places respectively in the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest at The baby grand Theatre on January 15. Thanks to all the participants, sponsors, and the many volunteers who helped to make this contest a success.

Click here to view Town Square Delaware's coverage of the MLK Communication Contest.

Click here to view the News Journal's coverage of the MLK Communication Contest. 

Click here to view photos from the event.

For more information about this event, please contact Jane Rubini by filling out this contact form.