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MLK Oratorial Contest

The next competition will take place in January 2021.

Participant Selection and Competition Structure

  • Participants must submit a 3-5 minute audition video speech on a specific topic, which will be announced prior to the 2021 contest.

  • DEADLINE: Upload your video to YouTube and email the video link to Karen Barnett ( and Mary McConner ( All video submissions will be reviewed.

  • Participants who are selected to move forward and present their speeches live in the contest will be notified. The Oratorical Contest with the selected live speeches will take place in Spain Auditorium.

  • The competition winners will be selected by a panel of four judges (CBU faculty and staff) during the contestOral presentations will be assessed according to six categories: Content, Quality, Style, Persuasiveness, Organization, and Creativity. The decision of the panel is final.

Competition Rules

The oral presentation must be a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of five minutes. If the oral presentation does not meet the minimum or maximum timeframe, points will be deducted.


  • First Place Winner: $500
  • Second Place Winner: $250
  • Third Place Winner: $150

Please contact Karen Barnett at and Dr. Mary McConner at if you have any questions.