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MLK Oratorical

February 5, 2016

MLK Oratorical illustration by Riley T.

By Avery R-C., Sophia J. & Dylan P.
Illustration by Riley T.

This year’s MLK Oratorical, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took place in the MPR on Tuesday, January 19. Thirty-one group and solo performers participated, including a T-K student for the first time.

The contestants performed poems, speeches, stories, songs, and even conversations, some of which they had composed themselves. Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou were favorites for selected poems.

“I was frightened and excited to be on stage. Even though I did forget some of my lines, my partner was very helpful and filled in the lines I forgot,” said contestant Kira C.

There were many well done presentations but only four could move on to the district finals. Mr. Winslow’s 3rd Grade Class, Shaun M., Hannah A., and Maya B. represented Montclair at the finals at Castlemont High School on February 4.

Hannah A., the first T-K to participate in the Oratorical, performed a Langston Hughes poem called “Mother to Son.” It was a conversation done by one person.

Mr. Souza, Mr. Winslow, and Ms. Nibblett, who organized the show, hope that next year they will have over 100 contestants.


Correction: Earlier versions of this article indicated that Hannah A. wrote “Mother to Son” herself. It is actually a poem by Langston Hughes.

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