Winter Break is just weeks away and that means one of OUSD’s most popular events is not far behind. The 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival begins in January. This year’s theme is Where Do We Go From Here?: Continuing the Legacy 50 Years Later
. Now is the time for students to get their presentations ready.
Here is some important history. 39 years ago, the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oratorical Festival, Donald Oliver, had a vision. He wanted to showcase students’ oratorical skills and he wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He felt that testing/reading score data did not truly lift up students’ comprehension and fluency skills and abilities. But he knew that delivering an oration was an academic exercise that required students to read and comprehend complex text in order to analyze, synthesize, interpret, critique and present or perform that text (creating a new form through performance) in a competition in public speaking.
This brings us to the 39th Annual OUSD Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival in which schools at all grade levels across Oakland have an opportunity to bring Donald Oliver’s vision to their students. Below is information about grade level divisions and the Oratorical Festival categories. Please pass this information along to your staff and students.
Grade Level Divisions:
1/18/18 (for 1/23 schools A-J)
3:00 p.m. 1/24/18 (for 1/30 schools K-Z)
3:00 p.m. 1/31/18 (for 2/6 secondary schools)
Tuesday, 1/23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Elementary Schools A-J
Tuesday, 1/30, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Elementary Schools K-Z
Tuesday, 2/6, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/11, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
* All District-wide and Finals competitions take place at Castlemont High School at 8601 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland.
For more information, please go to www.ousd.org/mlkoratorical.