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Martin Luther King Jr. quote

Guided by Dr. King’s work for nonviolent social change, MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH is an opportunity for
Delaware high school students to creatively speak “about things that matter.”


Registration Opens September 21, 2020
Workshops – TBA

Finals January 17, 2021

2 PM The baby grand, 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801




Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, but Dr. King was passionate about many causes. Throughout his life he gave more than 2,500 speeches, wrote five books, and delivered up to 450 speeches annually; yet he is most defined by one speech and one letter. Again, this year MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, contestants are asked to focus and reference Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, which in addition to civil rights addressed, education, economic justice, and an end to global conflict.

Why Participate


  • Your voice will be heard!
  • 1st Place: $2,000 | 2nd Place: $1,000 I 3rd Place: $500
  • Past winners have also received additional speaking opportunities & scholarships!
  • Cultivate skills that will serve you academically & professionally in future pursuits
  • Tap into your favorite creative means of expression whether it’s poetry, rap, or speech to deliver your message with creative freedom
  • Share your ideas and connect with community leaders, educators, and government officials
  • Attend a writing and/or presentation workshop with area experts who offer guidance in preparing and delivering your message
  • Record your presentation and share your creative work for college applications
  • Service hours available upon request

Nyani Scott, 2020 First Place

2019 MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, Video

Nyani Scott 2020 MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH First Place
MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH 2019 Contest Video