Columbus Youth Share Their Dreams During Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest


UPDATED: Sunday January 19, 2014 12:29 AM

They came together today from all over the city of Columbus and shared one common theme: to talk about the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Young poets and speech writers took the stage one by one during the City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest at the Kings Arts Center in Columbus.

"I have a dream, the words of Dr. King eloquently spoke on Wednesday, August 28th, 1963, lives on in the hearts and minds of Americans, and people around the world who value freedom," said James Sullivan of St. Charles school.

Brooklyn Barnes is in first grade.  

"We have to work as a team, make strong leaders and respect each other, in the words of Dr. King, we must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools," said Barnes.  

Organizers say this friendly competition prepares these young people to be future leaders in the true mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"If we don't know what happened in the past, we won't know where we're going in the future, so this gives them the opportunity to really ingest that and understand it," said Napoleon Bell with the community relations commission.

Winners of the City of Columbus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest will compete in the Statewide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest in April 2014.

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