Youth Contests

Interpretative Dance of Peace Contest

2021-2022 Interpretative Dance Contest
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the Power of Interpretative Dance
Contest Eligibility:

  • Performers 18 years of age and younger

  • Dance Ensemble or Individual Contestants are welcome

  • 4-minute time limit on performances

  • Previous 1st Place winners are ineligible


Contest winners will perform at the MLK Student Awards Celebration on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Winners will be notified prior to the celebration. Contact Pauline Harris at 918-746-6517 or Dr. Joyce McClellan at 918-828-5003 with questions. 

Entry Deadline: Wed., Nov. 24, 2021.
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

Youth Art Contest | K-6th Grade

2021-2022 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, 2021
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

Essay Contest | 6th-8th Grade

2021 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, 2021
Download the rules and contest entry form here.

News

2020 MLK Oratorical Contest Winner

Congratulations to Sage Walker, winner of the 2020 MLK Oratorical Contest. A 9th grade student at Broken Arrow Freshman Academy, Sage won $1,000 for his excellent rendition of Dr. King's classic "I Have a Dream" speech. 

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For more information about contests contact

Pauline Harris at 918-746-6517 or

Dr. Joyce McClellan at 918-828-5003

Oratorical Contest | 9th-12th Grade

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

Contestants will deliver the “I have a dream speech....” at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon in the auditorium. The speech must be memorized (no notes used during the performance). Previous 1st-place winners are ineligible. 

Entry Deadline: COB Wed., Nov. 24, 2021
Download the rules and contest entry form here.