An Opportunity for Youth to be Heard


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2 PM
The baby grand
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801


Presented by Christ Church Christiana Hundred and YWCA Delaware

Come hear this year's finalists as they compete for cash prizes: 1st Place = $2,000 / 2nd Place = $1,000 / 3rd Place = $500.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Guided by Dr. King’s work for nonviolent social change, MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH is an opportunity for Delaware high school students to creatively speak “about things that matter.”

New Challenge for 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, but Dr. King was passionate about many causes. Throughout his life he gave more than 2,500 speeches, wrote five books, and delivered up to 450 speeches annually; yet he is most defined by one speech and one letter. In 2020, the fifth year of MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH, contestants are asked to focus and reference Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, which in addition to civil rights addressed, education, economic justice, and an end to global conflict.

Why Participate

  • Your voice will be heard!
  • 1st Place: $2,000 | 2nd Place: $1,000 I 3rd Place: $500
  • Past winners have received additional speaking opportunities & scholarships.
  • Cultivate skills that will serve you academically and professionally in future pursuits.
  • Tap into your favorite creative means of expression whether it’s poetry, rap, or speech to deliver your message with creative freedom.
  • Share your ideas and connect with community leaders, educators, and government officials.
  • Attend a writing and/or presentation workshop with area experts who offer guidance in preparing and delivering your message.
  • Record your presentation and share your creative work for college applications.
  • Service hours available upon request.

REGISTER by December 20, 2019



Dover Semifinals: January 10 @ Christ Church Dover, 523 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901

Wilmington Semifinals: January 11 @ The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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


Christ Church Christiana Hundred • YWCA Delaware • Quintin E. Primo Jr. Fund for Racial Justice • WSFS Bank • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Zeta Omega Chapter • Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation • The Rotary Club of Wilmington • The Grand Opera House, Inc. • Christ Church Dover • The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew


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


2020 Voice 4 Youth Flyer