Students honor Martin Luther King Jr. with competition

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HOUSTON, TX – It’s the 17th Annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition. The place: the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Houston, the first sanctuary established in the city by liberated slaves in 1866. Twelve, fourth and fifth graders from several Houston ISD elementary schools showed their public speaking skills to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

And the winner is…Curtis Babers from Lockhart Elementary who, adding sign language to his speech, conveyed an inspiring message about integrating people with disabilities and the need of more male role models in our community.

Curtis received a prize of one thousand dollars, while the rest of the kids also got some rewards.

One thing is for sure though; with these future community leaders we should all feel like champions.