MARTIN LUTHER KING EVENTS
Oratorical Competition and MLK Day Activities
MLK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
City of Rocky Mount Oratorical Competition
MLK CONCEPTS SEMINAR
Thursday, December 12th 6:00 – 7:30pm in Room 447
Students will be exposed to the History of Martin Luther King and others during the Civil Rights Era in a way that prompts critical thinking about the impact of history on modern times. Students may watch videos, read excerpts, and engage in discussion that allows them to form their own personal thoughts and opinions which they can use as content for their MLK oratorical speeches. Guardians, family, and others who are interested are welcome to join.
MLK WRITING WORKSHOPS
Monday, Dec 16th-Thursday Dec 19th ⋅5:00 – 7:00pm in room 447
Students will have time to outline and construct their speeches for the MLK Oratorical Competition with the help of adult teachers and guides. Students will be provided opportunities to glean from one another as well as learn the basic principles of speech writing and speech etiquette.
MLK FINAL EDIT
Monday, January 6th 2020⋅5:00 – 7:00pm
Students will share their paper and receive critiques and help to make their final edits. All papers will be finalized to prepare for practice on delivery.
MLK PUBLIC SPEAKING SEMINAR
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:00 – 7:00pm In room 447 and Studio A
Students will learn best public speaking practices and be given time to present their speeches to a captive audience. Students will receive feedback to improve their speech delivery and develop their public speaking abilities.
MLK COMPETITION ORIENTATION WITH THE CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT
Wednesday, January 8, 2020⋅4:00 – 7:00pm on the third floor of City Hall (331 S Franklin St) in the Council Chamber
Students will meet at Word Tabernacle Church in 447 after school and ride together to City Hall in downtown Rocky Mount. Parents are invited to come to the orientation that begins at 5:30. Students may be picked up from City Hall or they may be brought back to the church for pick up from Word Tab.
MLK ORATORICAL COMPETITION
Saturday, January 11, 2020⋅9:00am – 12:00pm at the Imperial Centre (270 Gay St, Rocky Mount, NC)
Students will present their speeches at the Annual MLK Oratorical Competition hosted by the Rocky Mount Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. There will be cash prizes for the winners, first receiving $175, second receiving $150 and third receiving $125.
MLK DAY- January 20, 2020 7:30am-5:30pm
Students are encouraged to participate in all of the experiences! Parents can drop students off or pick up students at any point along the day. We ask that you drop off at the beginning of the segments or pick up at the end of segments. Heather and Kyle will be the points of contact throughout the day. Registration is not required for anything. The only money that is needed is for lunch. All students need to be picked up from WTC by 5:30pm
Please pick up students
CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT MLK UNITY SERVICE
MLK Jr. Commission will sponsor the Annual Unity Breakfast which brings all segments of our community together from various ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and cultures to celebrate Dr. King's birthday and his accomplishments. This year's speaker will be Anita Earls.
7:30am-8am Breakfast Buffet in the Dunn Center lobby
8am-10am Unity Service
The first place oratorical competition winners for the middle school and high school division will present their speeches.
GREATER JOY MLK DAY SERVICE
Greater Joy Church hosts the annual MLK Service which includes presentations from local officials, worship music, and a keynote speaker. There is a general focus on Dr. King's work with an emphasis on how his relationship with God and understanding the Justice of Christ helped to shape his work and Civil Rights Work paradigm.
Seats fill up fast. If you plan on meeting us there, bet there as early as possible. You can call or text Heather or Kyle that day if you need to make contact before dropping off.
PIZZA INN LUNCH
We will stop at Pizza In for lunch after the Greater Joy service. Students will need $15 to pay for their lunch, a drink, and a tip for the server.
Guardians are welcome to come along!
BLACK HISTORY TOUR OF ROCKY MOUNT
We will gather back at the church at 2:30 to kick off the tour by setting standards and talking about what we will experience. We will then meander through Rocky Mount's rich history by looking through the lens of Black culture!
The tour will include stops in the Lincoln Park District, Downtown Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount Mills, Battle Park, and more!