Student oratory contest to be part of Auburn University’s 2010 King Week celebration

AUBURN – As part of Auburn University’s 2010 King Week celebration, students from schools in East Alabama are invited to participate in the “Word from the Mountain Top” oratory contest, sponsored by Access and Community Initiatives in the Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The contest is open to students who are residents of Lee, Macon, Russell or Montgomery counties and currently enrolled in a college, university, community college, high school, middle school or junior high school. Entries should be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered to Brandon Wolfe in the office of Access and Community Initiatives no later than Jan. 11. No entry fee is required.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s King Week, “Inspiring the Strength to Love,” contest participants are asked to prepare a five- to 10-minute speech in which they answer the question, “How can we rise above the confines of struggle and conflict within our society to inspire a greater love for humanity?” The competition is meant to encourage students to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy and to connect his message to issues facing the nation in the 21st century.

Three finalists from each of three categories, including college, high school and junior high/middle school, will be chosen to present their speeches on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. This event is open to the public.

For more information on how to participate in the contest, contact Brandon Wolfe at (334) 844-5042 or by e-mail at The mailing address is 314 Mary Martin Hall, Auburn, AL 36849. To read more about King Week 2010, go to For more information about the oratory contest, go to

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