42nd Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival

  • 2021 Theme:

    Where Do We Go From Here?: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

  • About Us

     

    Let's take a moment to lift up important history.  Forty-one years ago the Founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oratorical Fest, Donald Oliver had a vision.  He wanted to showcase student’s oratorical skills and he wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He felt that the testing/reading score data did not truly lift up students’ comprehension and fluency skills and abilities but he knew that delivering an oration was an academic exercise that required students to read and comprehend complex text in order to analyze, synthesize, interpret, critique, and present or perform that text (creating a new form through performance) in a competition in public speaking.

     

    This brings us to the 42nd Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival in which schools at all grade levels across Oakland have an opportunity to bring Donald Olivers vision to their students. Below you find information about grade level divisions and the oratorical festival catagories. 

      


    Grade Level Divisions:

    • Pre-Kindergarten-2nd grade
    • 3rd-5th grade
    • 6th-8th grade
    • 9th-12th grade

     

    Categories:

    • Individual Performer – 1 Performer on Stage
      • Monologue - original or published in a script (3 min)
      • Poetry - published poetry (3 min)
      • Poetry - original poetry (poet performing poem they wrote, 3 min)
      • Speech - famous & not so famous – (3 min)
    • Two or More Performers on Stage Groups/Scenes
      • Poetry – published (up to 5 min)
      • Poetry - original (written by the performing poets, (up to 5 min)
      • Speech - famous & not so famous (up to 5 min)
      • Scene - published & devised (up to 5 min)

     

    Please see Divisions and Categories Information Details for number of entries allowed per school.

  • 3/5/21: Check back for District-Wide Updates!

     

    VOTE for NAACP Image Award - Outstanding Children's Program

    We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical

     

    CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!

     

    Tune-in to the 52nd NAACP Image Awards LIVE! Saturday, March 27 8/7c on BET

     

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  • Important Deadlines
     
     
    MLK Oratorical Fest District-Wide Competition Registration Deadline - New Extension: Feb. 19 @ 6 pm
     
     
    DEADLINES Extended!

    Elementary Schools (A-Z) 

    Virtual Competitions – by 2/19 @ 6PM

     

    Secondary Schools (6th – 12th)

    Virtual Competitions – by 2/19 @ 6PM

     

    District-Wide Competition:

    Virtual Asynchronous: February 

     

    District-Wide Competition

    Registration Deadlines:

    Elementary Schools: 2/19 (Registration Link)

    Secondary Schools: 2/19 (Registration Link)

     

     

    Registration:

    1)  All FlipGrid Videos for individuals

    and Zoom / CleanFeed.net group videos

    uploaded into school’s

    MLK Google Folder created by the school

    in categories and by grade levels: 

    • Speeches - PK-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12
    • Pub. Poetry
    • Orig. Poetry
    • Monologues
    • Scenes

     *School WINNERS coming to District-Wide Competition Folder

     

    Link shared by school on District-Wide Registration Form

     

    Elementary Schools 

    A-Z: by 2/19

    Secondary Schools

    6th-12th: by 2/19

     

    2)  Registration Google

    Form completed for each

    participant: by 2/19 (elementary) or 2/19 (secondary)

     

    Showcase: March

    YouTube Channel

    Virtual Streaming

Important Links & Document Downloads

  • Contact Information

     

    Awele Makeba

    Awele (ah WAY lay) Makeba tony.douangviseth@ousd.org

    Producer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest

    Cell | 510-601-0178 cell

    Skyline | 510-482-7109, Ext. 204