Annual Dr. King Day Oratorical Celebration January 16

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Provided by Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta

2015 High School winner Norman Jones

2015 High School winner Norman Jones

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host its 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Contest on Monday, January 16 at 11:00 a. m. at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge. Middle school and high school students from throughout the Prince William area will display their amazing oratorical skills and children of all ages will sing songs of celebration in the Martin Luther King Community Choir.

This free event is one of the oldest and largest celebrations of Dr. King’s legacy in the Washington metro area. At least 2000 people are expected to attend and bear witness to the inspiring performances of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park students.

In a January 2014 Washington Post editorial, Congressman Gerald Connolly remarked, “After months of preparation and research, the six young men and women brought down the house with their words and oratorical skills.”

In addition to listening to some amazing speeches and cheering on this year’s contestants and community choir, attendees can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by donating non-perishable food items, winter coats and children’s books for distribution to Prince William area community service organizations.

Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members Sheila Bryant and Sandra Mitchell lead this program for the sorority. “This year’s theme, “What the World Needs Now…” will prompt our youth to think about how they or some positive action might impact the world. Students will consider current events and the state of our world and develop speeches that address what they think will make a better world” said Bryant.

“This annual oratorical exercise celebrates the oratorical legacy of Dr. King. His speeches inspired the world and we believe our students’ speeches will be equally inspiring.” added Mitchell.

This event is also generously supported by the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation, the school districts and education foundations of Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, and many churches, community organizations and private donors. For more information, visit



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