We share one winner's speech.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, January 16, 2012
The five winners of the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical competition read their speeches during the annual celebration of life at the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. Fourth-grader Grace Bishop's speech has been republished here -- with the consent of her mother. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of …
Winners presented oratories as a part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
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: 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 …