Dozens of local children are gearing up for an annual competition that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The oratory contest that will take place this weekend commemorates the final visit that Dr. King made to Shreveport.
The event is open to students in grades 3-4 in the primary division; grades 6-8 in the junior division and grades 9-12 in the senior division.
Contestants in the primary division will recite a short excerpt from one of Dr. King's speeches, while participants in the junior and senior divisions will present an original speech based on a select topic.
The competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1p.m. at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the campus of Centenary College.
Mayor Cedric Glover said, "Last year's competition was outstanding and I expect this year's youthful orators will be nothing short of exceptional."
The event is sponsored by the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition and Young Leadership Award.
For more information, contact Angelique Feaster Evans at (318) 382-2841 or visit www.mahoganyensembletheatre.org.