WJZ’s Annual Black History Oratory Competition started on January 1, 2020 and was open to all Maryland high school students in grades 9-12.

Submissions are now closed a winner was named at the oratory competition on Feb. 23, 2020.

Adjo Evonlah Wins WJZ Black History Oratory Competition 2020

Students select one of the designated motivational quotes by Oprah Winfrey, Audre Lorde or Booker T. Washington and write an original essay about what the quote means to them. The essay must be 600 words or less and be typed, double spaced.

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah Winfrey

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” –Booker T. Washington

Three students will receive scholarships. For first place the winner will receive $2,700 in cash and gift cards, second place is $1,400 in cash and gift cards and third place is $700 in cash and gift cards.

Download the rules and application form and enter by January 31, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

Review: 2020 Oratory Competition Rules

Download: WJZ Black History Oratory Competition 2020 Application

For details or questions, email oratory@wjz.com.


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