The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest

Presented by Christ Church Christiana Hundred & YWCA Delaware

50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King's tragic death. If Dr. King was alive today, what would he say about cyberbullying, Twitter, drugs, guns, and violence? Would he consider today's protests and marches different from those in the 1960s or the same?

THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNICATION CONTEST challenges high school students in Delaware to consider the above questions, reflect on Dr. King's work for social change through nonviolence, and share how it speaks to their hopes and dreams today. Unlike traditional speaking contests, contestants have creative freedom to use poetry, speech, and/or rap to convey their message and it is their message that is the priority.

Watch this short video to learn more about the impact of the MLK Communication Contest.

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ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND: Sunday, January 14 at the baby grand, 2 PM

FREE ADMISSION – Click Here to Register

This year, 18 high schools and organizations from throughout the State of Delaware are represented. Come hear this year's finalists as they compete for cash prizes: 1st Place = $1,000 / 2nd Place = $500 / 3rd Place = $250.

  • Dr. Tony Allen, Provost, Delaware State University
  • The Hon. William Chapman, Retired Family Court, Senior Counsel, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
  • Dr. Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, Professor of English & Black American Studies, University of Delaware
  • Maria Matos, President & CEO, Latin American Community Center
  • The Rev. Dr. Donald Morton, Senior Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige, Pastor, Star Hill AME Church, Dover
  • Ritchie Rubini, Producer, Songwriter, & Multi-Instrumentalist


Congratulations to Tyrek Traylor, Conrad School of Science (Grade 12); Nana Ohemaa Asante, Charter School of Wilmington (Grade 12); and Madison Washington, Cab Calloway School of Performing Arts (Grade 9) who were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places respectively in the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Contest.

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Pam Manocchio
Director of Community Engagement
302-658-7897 x 3300