'A New Dream,' A Speech Writing Contest for Teens

Date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (All day)

This year, in honor of Black History Month and the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will be sponsoring “A New Dream,” a speech-writing contest for children and teens from seventh to 12th grade.

Since Dr. King delivered his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, enormous changes have been made in the United States, leading to greater equality for all Americans. Writers should share their vision of what they hope and dream for the future of the United States, drawing inspiration from Dr. King’s speech and his legacy of peace and cooperation.

Speeches should be no more than 1400 words (the length of Dr. King’s original speech) and must contain the phrase “I have a dream." This contest runs from Jan. 22 through Feb. 15, with a winner to be announced Feb. 28. Speeches must be typed and double spaced and can be submitted at the Tenley-Friendship Neihborhood Library Children’s Reference desk, located on the first floor.