41st Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival

  • 2020 Theme

    The method of nonviolence seeks not to humiliate and not to defeat the oppressor, but it seeks to win his friendship and his

  • 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 41st 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.

Important 2020 Dates

  • Important Deadlines
     

    HARD DEADLINES FOR SCHOOL ORATORICALS PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR DISTRICT-WIDE COMPETITIONS

    Elementary schools A - I, No later than Tuesday, 1/21/20 at your school

    Elementary schools, J-Z, No later than Tuesday, 1/28/20 at your school

    Secondary schools, No later than Tuesday, 2/4/20 at your school


    HARD DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION FOR DISTRICT-WIDE COMPETITIONS - DUE TO 1 PERSON PROCESSING REGISTRATION

    Wednesday, 1/22/2020 is the deadline to submit for School-wide Competition 1/29, elementary schools A-1

    Wednesday 1/29/2020 is the deadline to submit for School-wide Competition 2/5, elementary schools J-Z

    Wednesday, 2/5/2020 is the deadline to submit for School-wide Competition, 2/12, secondary schools




    IMPORTANT 2020 DATES 


    DISTRICT-WIDE COMPETITIONS  

     

    ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

    • JANUARY 28, 2020, 9AM - 12:30, (ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, A-I)

    • FEBRUARY 4, 2020, 9AM - 12:30, (ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, J-Z)


    SECONDARY SCHOOLS

    • FEBRUARY 11, 2020, 9 AM - 12:30


    FINALS

    • FEBUARY 23, 2020, 1:00 - 6:00 PM

     

     

     

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