Dallas ISD 5th Grader Wins 30th Annual MLK Jr. Public Speaking Contest – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Fourth and fifth graders honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the Federal Day with inspirational messages during the 30and MLK Jr Public Speaking Competition. sponsored by Foley & Lardner, LLP.

Locally, students from eight Dallas ISD schools participated. Tristan Whitfield, the first place winner from the Paul L Dunbar Learning Center spoke of a world of love, not hate.

Each student researched and wrote their own speech about where we are as a country in regards to Dr. King’s dream.

He cited the end of segregation and the availability of jobs, property and education for all as progress that Dr King would be proud of, while the election of our first black president would have exceeded his expectations. He noted that Dr. King believed people should want to see the betterment of humanity and that he would seek continued progress according to a press release from Foley Lardner, LLP.

“Dr. King envisioned a world of love, not hate,” Whitfield said. “We must continue to search our own hearts, cast out hate, and remember why his dream was even necessary. Dr. King: “I have decided to stick with love. Hatred is too heavy a burden to bear.”

Whitfield went home with a prize of $2,000, double the usual amount thanks to an anonymous donor.

There were virtual or in-school qualifying rounds, which led into the competition leading up to MLK Day. A fourth-grade student from Houston won the other top prize.


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