PWCAC-DST Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15

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Provided by Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC-DST) will host its 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Competition on Monday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. This year’s event will be held at Charles J. Colgan Senior High School, 13833 Dumfries Rd., Manassas. Middle school and high school students from throughout the Prince William County area will display their 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. The community is invited to attend and bear witness to the inspiring performances of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park students.

This year’s speech topic “If America is to remain a great nation, we must …” is based on Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech”, delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, before 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. This speech was a defining moment in the Civil Rights movement and is one of the most iconic speeches in American history.

In addition to listening to some amazing speeches and cheering on this year’s contestants, community choir, and the Manassas Park High School Drumline, attendees can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by bringing ready-to-eat items or microwave-and-eat items and donating to the work of Northern Virginia Food Rescue and its mission to improve food resiliency and accessibility for the entire region.

PWCAC-DST members Danielle Miles and Cheryl Harris lead the MLK Experience Committee for the sorority. “The Experience theme is Pursuing the Dream Through Service and Commitment because we want to extend our Dr. King program participation to include students with other interests and talents, and involve the community,” said Miles.

In addition to the annual oratorical competition, the MLK Experience will also feature a STEAM Speaker Series on Feb. 10 at Forest Park High School; a Wellness Walk on Saturday, April 6 at Prince William Forest Park; and a culminating celebration on April 28 at Gainesville Senior High School in remembrance of the life of Dr. King and to recap the activities of the PWCAC MLK Experience.

“Dr. King was a great orator who talked about the “Beloved Community”, and this was the inspiration for creating an even broader range of activities for students and community participation this year,” added Harris.

For more information on the Jan. 15 annual oratorical competition and program, Day of Service donations, community choir participation, and other MLK Experience activities visit or register on Eventbrite. Snow date is Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of college-educated women, actively engaged in programs of public service. Chartered in December 1984, this commitment is demonstrated by almost 40 years of sisterhood, scholarship, service, and social action in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. For more information, please visit


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