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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest

An Opportunity for Youth to be Heard!  #MLKCC17

YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred are pleased to present the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest! The contest is designed to challenge New Castle County high school students to reflect and share how Dr. King’s message of social change through nonviolence, using speech, poetry and/or rap, speaks today to their hopes and dreams. The contest also encourages youth to develop oratorical and presentation skills, enhance social awareness, build confidence, improve self-esteem and cultivate leadership skills that will serve them academically and professionally in their future pursuits.

FINALS: Sunday, January 15th 2:00 PM
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818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

SEMI-FINALS: Saturday, January 7th 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE

Cash Prizes: 1st = $1,000 / 2nd = $500 / 3rd = $250  >
The contest is open to all New Castle County high school students, grades 9-12. Contestants must be sponsored by an adult willing to support and help them prepare for the contest. 

Interested students must complete online registration by December 21st.

Registration will be limited to the first 75 sponsored contestants.
Contestants registered by December 1st, will be invited to attend a free workshop on presentation and oratorical skills conducted by Jayne Thompson, author and senior lecturer at Widener University. As well, finalists will receive a personalized 1 hour coaching session with Hugh Atkins, former head of English at Tower Hill. The First Prize Winner, in addition to $1,000 will receive an invitation to “talk” at the 2017 TEDx Wilmington Conference. All contestants will receive a certificate of participation.

The finalists and winner will be selected by a panel of judges selected by YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred. Judging emphasis is on the message presented through the creative use of speech, poetry and/or rap and audience rapport. 2017 MLK judges (finals and semi finals) are: JoAnn Balingit, Delaware’s 16th Poet Laureate; The Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson; Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Delaware’s 17th Poet Laureate; Bebe Coker, Playwright & Social Activist; Kaamilah Diabaté, 2016 Winner of the MLK Communication Contest; Ajit George, TEDx Wilmington; Dr. Guillermina Gonzalez, Delaware Arts Alliance; Martha Holler, Sallie Mae; Elizabeth (Tizzy) Lockman, President, ACLU-DE Foundation; Cynthia Primo Martin, Trustees of Color; Albert Mills, Delaware’s 17th Poet Laureate; Dr. Yasser Payne, University of Delaware; Michelle Taylor, President & CEO, United Way of Delaware; Laurisa Schutt, Teach for America; Hanifa Shabazz, President, Wilmington City Council; and Dr. Melva Ware, University of Delaware. Tyrone Jones, Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Delaware, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the MLK finals.

Sponsors who have generously lent their support are: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, Inc.; Mercedes Benz of Wilmington; the Rotary Club of Wilmington; Trustees of Color; and WSFS.

Rules & Regulations:
• Message must be original.
• The content of the message must relate to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his story, work, and beliefs.
• Presentations must be memorized; cue cards, no larger than 4x6” are permitted, but not read.
• Presentations are to be approximately 5 minutes long, 30 second grace period will be allowed.
• Presentations shorter than 4.5 minutes or longer than 5.5 minutes will be disqualified.
• Participants are not permitted to leave the stage during their presentations.
• Audio, costumes and props are NOT permitted.
• The decisions of the judges are final.

For More Information:
Shannon Griffin
YWCA Delaware
(302) 655-0039 ext. 230
Jane Rubini
Christ Church Christiana Hundred
(302) 655-3379