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  • Recognizing the 23Rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Youth Oratorical Competition

    by Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    Posted on 2013-01-25

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    CONNOLLY of virginia in the house of representatives Friday, January 25, 2013 Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition hosted by the Prince William Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its Education Foundation.

    The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left an indelible mark on our nation in his pursuit of civil rights through civil dialogue. Despite the violence perpetrated against Dr. King and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King responded with reverent oratory and nonviolent resistance to condemn the injustice of social inequality. His legacy is one of tolerance and steadfast commitment to principled and peaceful communication.

    Contestants in the MLK Youth Oratorical Contest pay tribute to Dr. King's legacy with their ability to exercise the strength of the spoken word. This skill will serve them well as they seize future leadership opportunities and forge the personal relationships necessary for effective community engagement and organizing.

    I congratulate and applaud the following contestants of the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition: Middle School Contestants: Norman Jones--Stonewall Middle School.

    Hazma Mir--Mary G. Porter Traditional School.

    Nathaniel Raffier--Herbert J. Saunders Middle School.

    High School Contestants: Jacob Gonzalez--Thomas Jefferson High School.

    Abbas Idris--Osbourn Park High School.

    Cynthia Johnson--Stonewall Jackson High School.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for recognizing the benefit that Dr. King's teachings bring to the development of our youth. We lay the foundations of a more tolerant society when we nurture the ability to engage and communicate with one another in a way that respects our common humanity.

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