By CBS Baltimore StaffSponsored

WJZ’s Black History Oratory Competition will begin on January 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s competition is sponsored by Enoch Pratt Free Library, Morgan State University, Toyota Financial Services, Reginald F. Lewis Museum and WJZ.

WJZ’s Black History Oratory Competition is open to students in grades 9-12 residing in Maryland. Minors must have the approval of parent or legal guardian.

To participate in the competition, the entrant will choose from one of three quotes listed below and express in an original essay of 600 words or less, typed and double spaced, what it means to them. Entrant must fill out an application form below and email it along with the essay to Oratory@wjz.com.

All entries must be RECEIVED by January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm.

The first place winner will get $700 from WJZ and a $2,000 scholarship gift from Toyota Financial Services. The second place winner will get $400 from WJZ and $1,000 scholarship gift from Toyota Financial Services and the third place winner will get $200 from WJZ and $500 scholarship gift from Toyota Financial Services.

Choose one of these quotes and describe what it means to you in 600 words or less:

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything… that smacks of discrimination or slander.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm

The students with the highest-scored essays will be invited to record a video of themselves performing their original speech to compete for scholarship prize money!

The top speeches will be broadcast on WJZ News, and for the first time in BHOC history, the winners will be announced on TV!

Email Typed, Double-Spaced Essay and Application to Oratory@wjz.com by 11:59pm on JANUARY 31, 2021.

Got questions? Email oratory@wjz.com.

Download the application, click here.

READ: WJZ Black History Oratory Competition 2021 Rules

 

 

CBS Baltimore Staff