Despite the span of four decades between her and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lawson Elementary School fourth-grader Grace Bishop understands him and his message.
Bishop won the first through fifth grade category in the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical competition.
The other winners in the competition, by grade or age level include:
- Grades 6-8: Wynter March, Combs Elementary School
- Adult: Rashawn Johnson, Teacher, Berkeley Middle School
This year’s theme was Dr. King’s Unfinished Business: Promoting Economic Empowerment.
“It feels like I’m really important; that I did something that everyone is proud of me for,” Bishop said. “I used a few of Dr. King’s quotes that he said to economically empower others.”
Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Art McCoy said that this is the first time so many winners had come from their district -- four out of the five winners. Bishop attends Lawson in the Hazelwood School District.
Each winner received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.