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For your voice to be heard click here to register.
Registration Active Peace Day September 21st

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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.”

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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. In 2020, the fifth year of 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.


  • 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

SponsorsQuintin E. Primo Jr. Fund for Racial Justice, WSFS Bank,  City of Wilmington, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Zeta Omega Chapter, Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, The Rotary Club of Wilmington, The Grand Opera House, Inc.

Special thanks  to Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Christ Church Dover, and the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, for use of their facilities.


ResourcesFor rules and to register click the links below. Registration is limited to the first 75 contestants. Register by November 30th to attend a writing workshop with Tracey Quillen Carney & Richard Raw at no charge.

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Deborah Olatunji, 2019 First Place

2019 MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, Video

Deborah Olatunja 2019 MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH First Place
MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH 2019 Contest Video