Elementary school students vie for spot in MLK Jr. oratory competition

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HOUSTON, TX – Every January 20th, on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the country stops to remember one the most influential men in America’s history.

Just weeks before the national holiday, 24 fourth and fifth graders stood before dozens hoping to be chosen as a finalist in the annual MLK Jr. oratory competition.

More than 200 students from around the city hoped to qualify, but only 24 could make it to the semi-finals. After Friday’s presentations, just 12 of theses talented students will go on to compete in the finals.

Doctor king has been dead more than 50 years but for these children, his message is still very fresh.

Watching these kids reminds all of us: We still have a lot of work to do.