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Oratorical Speech Contest: A Celebration Of MLK

April 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join in an Oratorical Speech Contest, a Celebration of the Speech-Making Tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  at the historic First African Baptist Church in Dublin, GA where, on April 17, 1944, a young Martin Luther King, Jr., presented his first public speech.


2019 Theme: “Black Migrations”

The theme for 2019 Oratorical Contest Black Migrations emphasizes  the movement of people of African decent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. Beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century, African American migration patterns included

  • relocation from southern farms
  • from the South to the Northwest, Midwest and West
  • from the Caribbean to US cities as well as to migrant labor farms
  • immigration of noted African Americans to Africa and to European cities, such as Paris and London,  after the end of WWI and WWII.

Such migrations resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu, such as,

  • the rise of the Garvey movement in New York, Detroit ands New Orleans
  • the emergence of both black industrial workers and black entrepreneurs
  • the growing number and variety of urban churches and new religions
  • new music forms like ragtime, blues and jazz; white backlash as in the Red Summer of 1919
  • the blossoming of visual and literary arts, as in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Paris in the 1910’s and 1920’s

The theme Black Migrations equally lends itself to the exploration of the century’s later decades from spatial and social perspectives, with attention to “new” African Americans because of the burgeoning African and Caribbean population in the US; Northern African Americans’ return to the South; racial suburbanization; inner-city hyper ghettoization; health and environment; civil rights and protest activism; electoral politics; mass incarceration; and dynamic cultural production. (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

The oratorical speech contest will be held Sunday, April 14th, 2018 at 4:00 PM in First African Baptist Church located at 405 Telfair Street in Downtown Dublin, Georgia. Admission to view the contest is free and open to the public.

This contest is open to children in grade 6 or higher and adults. There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.

Contestant Categories & Prizes 

Categories            Middle School     High School                      Post High School

Grades in School       6th-8th                   9th-12th                      HS Grad -College

First Prize                  $100                            $100                            $100

Second Prize              $50                             $50                              $50

Third Prize                $25                              $25                                $25

Participation             $10                             $10                                $10

Contest Workshop

An Oration Contest Round-Up Rally Workshop will be held Saturday, March 30th from 12:30 PM-2 PM at First African Baptist Church. Register or turn in your contest applications and get pointers on how to give an award-winning speech. Please plan to attend. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Applications & Info

Applications are due no later than Saturday, March 30th. Please mail this application or bring with you to the contest workshop. For the application package, click here: 2019 – Oratorical Contestant’s Package

Application can be mailed to: 2019 Oratorical Speech Contest; c/o 1105 Edgewood Drive.; Dublin, GA 31021 or delivered to: First African Baptist Church ~ Family Life Center ~

For more information, please call 478-275-0967, 478-697-6817 or 478-272-4002.

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and First African Baptist Church, please visit http://firstafricanbaptistdublinga.com


April 14, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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405 Telfair Street
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