King Day Oratorical Competition and Program and Day of Service

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Provided by Delta Sigma Theta Prince William County Alumnae Chapter

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC-DST), in affiliation with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, will host its 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Youth Oratorical Competition and Program on Monday, Jan. 17 at 11:00 a.m. on the YouTube channel PWCAC-DST-MEDIA. This is a free virtual event.

This year’s theme, ‘Beyond Dreams and Mountains:  Her Voice – Her Mission’, calls upon students to stretch their imaginations and bring inspirational meaning to Dr. King’s vision as seen through the eyes and work of women, the unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement past and present.  Orators will share how the vision and tireless work of these women aligned with Dr. King’s vision and continue his legacy.

In addition to six dynamic Prince William County School student orators, the program will also feature the MLK Community Choir; guest choir Ebony Impact Gospel Choir of Old Dominion University; and guest soloist Maria Howell.  The audience will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite orator during the program, using a special text-to-vote feature.

For more than 30 years, the program’s youth orators have amazed and inspired large audiences with thoughtful ideas, impactful delivery, and call to action.  “This year in addition to our local orators, the MLK Committee took advantage of the virtual platform by broadening our program participants,” said President Sharon Andrews. “We will have inspiring selections from the Ebony Impact choir of ODU and a solo from singer and actor Maria Howell in Charlotte and our invocation and benediction from Delta’s South Atlantic Regional Chaplain Tayon Dancy.”  She also mentioned the indispensable community support from teachers, coaches, and principals from the three local school districts and the judges, sponsors and patrons that make the program possible year after year.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday a National Day of Service—”a “day on, not a day off.” The King Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” PWCAC-DST invites the local community to participate in its “Day of Service” project in conjunction with the King Day program

Warm winter coats (new and gently used), blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, hats, gloves, socks, and non-perishable food donations will be collected to benefit the clients of Streetlight Ministries Community Outreach. PWCAC-DST members will be available to take donations after the oratorical program on Jan. 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Collection sites are Harris Teeter (Hastings Market Place), 10060 Market Circle, Manassas, and Dumfries Commuter Lot, Route 234/Route 1, Dumfries.

For more information on the oratorical program, fundraising efforts and donation opportunities visit pwcacdst.org/mlk.  Watch the promotional video on the PWCAC-DST YouTube channel at this link: youtu.be/gJmzkIpW3Uc  and remember to subscribe to the channel to receive reminders about the program.

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