MLK Jr. Communication Contest

50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King's tragic death. If Dr. King was alive today, what would he say about cyber-bullying, Twitter, drugs, guns, and violence? Would he consider today's protests and marches different from those in the 1960s? 

Christ Church and YWCA Delaware presented the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest on January 14, 2018 at The baby grand in Wilmington. The competition challenges Delaware high school students to consider the above questions, reflect on Dr. King's work for social change through nonviolence, and share how it speaks to their hopes and dreams today. Unlike typical public speaking contests, contestants have the freedom to use poetry, speech, and/or rap to convey their message, and the message is the priority. This year more than 20 high schools and organizations were represented. Seven finalists did a fabulous job impressing judges, the audience, and their peers as they shared their powerful and passionate messages. 

2018 Contest Winners

Congratulations to Kemuel Harding, Early College High School (Grade 12); Lester Fair, Lake Forest High School (Grade 12); and Deborah Olatunji, Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 10) who were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places respectively in the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest.

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

For photos from this year's event, click here.

Registration for 2019 opens on Peace Day, September 21, 2018.