Youth Contests

Interpretive Dance of Peace Contest

2020-2021 Interpretive Dance of Peace Contest
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the Power of Interpretive Dance
Contest Eligibility:

  • Performers 18 years of age and younger

  • Dance Ensemble or Individual Contestants are welcome

  • 3.5 minute time limit on performances

  • Previous 1st Place winners are ineligible

Please request an entry for the contest and we will send you a link to a secure website where you can upload the video of your dance performance.

Entry Deadline: Midnight, Friday December 4, 2020.
Download the rules and contest entry form here.


01/14/2016 - KJRH TV

"2016 I Have a Dream speech Winner"

 Sydnee Dickson's rendition of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech Thursday.

Youth Art Contest | K-6th Grade

2020-2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Art Contest
Grades K-6
An art competition for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade in the Tulsa Metro Area. Students must CHOOSE ONE of three themes that characterizes Dr. King's life and work:

  • Love

  • Peace

  • Unity

Students create a drawing to illustrate what the theme means to them. Illustrations must be completed in paint, colored pencil and/or crayon on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of blank white paper (No ink or pencil drawings. Do NOT fold picture, please).

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2020
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

Essay Contest | 6th-8th Grade

2020 Essay Contest
For 6th-8th Grade Students
Sponsored by Pepsi Beverages Company & Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society, Inc.  

The contest is open to all middle school students (grades 6-8) in the Tulsa area.
Topic: “I live my life as a reflection of Dr. King’s dream by...”
Essay Length: 350 – 500 words

Entry Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2020
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

Oratorical Contest | 9th-12th Grade

For more information contact

Dr. Joyce McClellan 918-828-5003 or Chris Payne 918-357-6015

2017 Student Contest Photos

Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest
All 9th through 12th Grade Students
Sponsored by OneGas

Contestants will deliver the “I have a dream speech....” via Zoom videoconferencing onWednesday, December 9, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. The speech must be memorized (no notes used during the performance).

Entry Deadline: COB Friday, November 20, 2020
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

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