MLK Jr. Communication Contest

January 14, 2018

Christ Church and YWCA Delaware are pleased to present the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest on January 14, 2018 at 2 PM at The baby grand in Wilmington. The competition is designed to challenge Delaware 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.

The contest is open to all Delaware high school students, grades 9-12.  Contestants must be sponsored by an adult willing to support and help them prepare for the contest.  Registration is limited to the first 75 sponsored contestants.

Click here for Rules & Regulations.

by December 21.

Cash Prizes:  1st Place = $1,000 / 2nd Place = $500 / 3rd Place = $250

Judges for the contest will be:

  • Dr. Tony Allen, Provost, Delaware State University
  • The Hon. William Chapman, Retired Family Court, Senior Counsel, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
  • Dr. Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, Professor of English & Black American Studies, University of Delaware
  • Maria Matos, President & CEO, Latin American Community Center
  • The Rev. Dr. Donald Morton, Senior Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige, Pastor, Star Hill AME Church, Dover
  • Ritchie Rubini, Producer, Songwriter, & Multi-Instrumentalist

Click here to make a contribution to the MLK Communication Contest.

Click here for the latest Town Square Delaware article on the Contest.

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.

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.