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2021 Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest

    How to Enter:

    1. Electronically: Click here to register!

    2. By mail or drop off to:
    City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
    c/o Gale Gray, 1410 Cleveland Ave, 2nd Floor Columbus, OH 43211
    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ORATION IS NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 30, 2021

    Please contact Gale Gray for questions or additional information - [email protected] or call 614-645-1950

    The City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical is taking place on Saturday, December 11, 2021. We will be taking the following special precautions in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

    • All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face mask.
    • Divisions 1 and 2 (K-5thGrade) will report for their orations at 9:30 AM.
    • Divisions 3 and 4 (6th-12thGrade) will report for their orations at 12:30 PM.
    • All Division Winners will be announced at 3:30 PM sharp.
    • Each student will receive a specific time to arrive and perform.
    • Please note that students will be permitted only 2 people (parent, coach or family member) to accompany them. Under no circumstances can we allow additional people.

    Winners of the City of Columbus Youth Oratorical Contest will have the opportunity to present at the MLK Jr. Breakfast and City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. evening program. Participationin the Breakfast will require a pre-recorded oration that must be completed on December 17, 2021. Winners will also have the opportunity to compete in the Statewide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest in April 2022.  

    2021 MLK Oratorical Registration

    2021 MLK Oratorical Rules and Regulations