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Education to host MLK Jr. Oratorical Contest

Cousin of MLK Jr. will be in attendance
Feb 24, 2010
From staff reports

The Ohio University College of Education will host the Southeast Ohio Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest at 10 a.m. Saturday in Baker University Center 240.

In addition to putting students in touch with the legacy of the black civil rights movement, the contest gives students the chance to practice their public speaking skills.

The contest will feature seventh and eighth grade students from Logan-Hocking Middle School, with the winner advancing to the state competition. Members of Ohio University?s Kappa Delta Pi chapter, the international honor society in education, will help the students rehearse their speeches.

?This is the first year that Logan Hocking Middle School students have had the opportunity to be involved in a speaking contest,? said Logan-Hocking Middle School teacher Kellie Hayden. ?We are very pleased to be involved and to have the additional help of the OU students to help prepare our students for the contest.?

In attendance will be the Rev. Joel L. King, Jr., first cousin of Martin Luther King, Jr., to speak about the history and significance of the civil rights movement. He has been in the Christian ministry for more than 39 years and serves as chaplain of the Gahanna Police Department.

The event is free and open to the public.


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Published: Feb 24, 2010 8:00 AM

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