Bull Run Middle School Eighth Grader Wins Regional MLK Oratorical Contest and School Competition

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After attending the MLK Oratorical Competition with his father in previous years, Haymarket area eighth grader Mahmud Khabir decided to write his own speech to enter this year’s contest. He created a speech calling attention to civil rights activist Claudette Colvin for the contest theme “Beyond Dreams and Mountains: Her Voice, Her Mission.”

In his speech, Khabir asks his audience what’s the first thing that comes to mind when they think about their rights. Is it the right to live, vote, or walk down a street? He shared Colvin’s story and how her efforts changed the tide and helped women break stereotypes and the glass ceiling.

Khabir’s speech first won the Bull Run Middle School (BRMS) contest. He then went on to win the virtual regional competition on Nov. 16 earning him one of three middle school finalist positions.

Khabir submitted a second video of his speech for the National competition. Khabir’s speech, along with the speeches from the two other middle school regional finalists, Shavonne Davis from Marstellar Middle School and Makaya Elizabeth Freeman from Graham Park Middle School, will be live streamed on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day, at 11:00 a.m. on Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s YouTube channel.

The annual competition and program for middle and high school students is sponsored by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCACDST). For more information view the organization’s website: pwcacdst.org/mlk.

Khabir and the other four BRMS students who created speeches for the contest, Evelyn Amalfitano (second place), Tyler Tovar (third place), Matthew Gresham and Avery Huckel, were coached by BRMS teacher Ms. Kisha Harris Hawkins.


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