Call for Entries: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Competition

| January 11, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Competition

Theme: “Keeping the Dream Alive”

February 27, 7pm, Milbank Chapel

This program is made possible by the Vice President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives


Martin Luther King, Jr


Dear Teachers College Students:

Student Development & Activities and the Office of Residential Services would like to invite ALL TC STUDENTS to participate in our first ever speech competition honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The contest, open to all TC students, will take place Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milbank Chapel.

Speeches should focus on our theme for the event “Keeping the Dream Alive” and should explain what we can do to contribute to Dr. King’s vision for justice and civil rights for ALL people.  Speeches may relate to his achievements and philosophy of nonviolent opposition to social injustice, as well as other related issues, such as religion, class, gender, age, sexual orientation and ability.  All speeches must incorporate the theme and cannot exceed 6 minutes.  The winner of the speech competition will receive a TC Diploma Frame valued at $220 and a TC Cap and Gown for graduation valued at $60.


If you wish to enter the Speech Competition, please submit your written speech via email to, Lema Moliga ( by Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5pm.  


Students who submit a speech must be available on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 13, between 3pm – 5pm:  Participants will recite their speech for the MLK Speech Competition Selection Committee during this time. Participants will sign up for a timeslot between 3pm – 5pm on February 13th and do not need to be present for the entire 2 hour block.  Only 4 finalists will be selected to compete for the MLK Speech Competition Event.
  • Monday, February 27, 7pm – 8:30pm:  MLK Speech Competition Event in Milbank Chapel

For more information, please feel free to contact Lema Moliga (sm4165 at tc dot columbia dot edu), Assistant Director for Residential Services, or Jackie Tuliau (jet2166 at tc dot columbia dot edu), Assistant Director for Student Development & Activities.


The MLK Planning Committee