Black History Month 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical

  • Every year, hundreds of children from pre-K through 12th grade take the stage at the Oakland Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest, a public speaking competition where they perform poetry and speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


    The 42nd annual festival is coming up soon. The theme for 2021 is Where Do We Go From Here?: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Learn more at


    The documentary film We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical covers the months leading up to the 40th annual festival, as schools across the city send their top-placing students to compete. It is a portrait of young people raising their voices about issues they care about and of the unique community that celebrates and supports them.


    MLK Oratorical


    We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical is nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Children's Program!

    Please take two minutes to vote for this OUSD legacy so that it can continue to shine at the national level!

    VOTE HERE by Mar. 5: