Kids honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during annual oratory competition

The competition took place in Houston, Dallas and Chicago, and featured fourth and fifth graders presenting speeches with the theme, “How Do You Think Dr. King’s Teachings Can Help Us Today?”
2:33 | 01/18/21

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the younger generation honoring the legacy of martin Luther king Jr. Fourth and fifth graders presented powerful, original speeches as part of the mlk oratory competition and the theme this year, how do you think martin Luther king teachings can help us today. Reporter: With the capitol building looming in the distance, he addressed a then-broken America. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. We must rise to majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. Reporter: Inspiring the historymakers of tomorrow. If I could dream like Dr. King, I would dream that no one will be afraid when they look at me. You shouldn't judge people on how they look on the outside, get to know people first and then judge by how they treat you and others. Found out what was happening today. My work is not done. We see the name-calling, the social media bullying. Grownups climating over walls just because your friend lost. This type of behavior is unacceptable. You ask us to play nice, hug it out and breathe. America you need to stop all this fighting and take a deep breath. Dr. King said it best, if we don't learn to live together, as friends, we die as fools. It's up to my generation. Hate can't drive out hate. Only love can do that. When the world doesn't have an example of love we must be that example. Let there peace and equality on Earth and let it begin with us. She makes a good point. They're watching us. We're teaching them some bad habits. Like, walk it off, hug it out, breathe. They made some great points as always. Always love it. Thanks to those kids.

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