Children Inspire Community with King’s Legacy

Elementary School Students Compete in 3rd Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition


Austin, Texas – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, in partnership with the Austin Area Heritage Council (AAHC), will present the 3rd Annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in the Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St., on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6PM. Six fourth and fifth graders from Campbell and Sims Elementary schools will write and present speeches, based on Dr. King’s ideals, on this year’s topic, “If You Could Share Your Dream With Dr. King What Would It Be?” KVUE news anchor Olga Campos will be the mistress of ceremonies.

A panel of local business, community and civic leaders will judge the students on their content, delivery, stage presence and decorum, expression and memorization. All participants will receive a college savings bond with the winner receiving a $1,000 savings bond.

Gardere established the Austin oratory competition to commemorate the life of Dr. King and to highlight the writing and speaking skills of elementary school students. “The goal of the firm is to promote diversity and to inspire children to share their dreams with fellow students and the Austin community, “ said Kimberly Yelkin, partner in charge of the Gardere Austin office. The oratory competition is held in conjunction with the national holiday honoring Dr. King to remember his vision of peace and harmony. The public is encouraged to attend the final competition to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm, was founded in 1909 and is one of the Southwest’s largest full-service law firms. With offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City, Gardere provides legal services to private and public companies and individuals in areas of energy, litigation, corporate, government affairs, tax, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property and financial services.

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