Auburn University to sponsor ‘Word from the Mountain Top’ student oratory contest as part of 2009 King Week

AUBURN – Auburn University’s January 2009 celebration of King Week will include an oratory contest, “Word from the Mountain Top, ” to encourage students to reflect on the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to connect his message to issues facing our nation in the 21st century.

“Word from the Mountain Top” is sponsored by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Auburn University. The contest is open to students who are residents of Lee County and are currently enrolled in a college, university, community college, high school, middle school or junior high school.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s King Week, “Fulfilling the Dream through Service,” contest participants are asked to prepare a speech in which they discuss “What actions should we take to make our nation great in the 21st century?” Schools in the participating area have been notified about the contest. The deadline for entries is Jan. 12.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, nine finalists, three each from the three categories: college, university and community college; high school; and middle school and junior high school, will give their speeches.

The contest winners will be presented during the Wednesday, Jan. 21, Interfaith Service of Commemoration at 11:45 a.m. in the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom. Both the Jan. 18 event at the Chamber of Commerce and the Jan. 21 Interfaith Service are open to the public.

As of Saturday, Dec. 20 the 2009 King Week activities, including information about the oratory contest, can be viewed at For more information about Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, go to

Contact: Brandon Wolfe, (334) 844-5042 or (205) 422-5880 (