Hickory – Due to COVID-19 the Hickory National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is making changes to its traditional Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. One change is the inclusion of a Youth Oratorical Contest to be held Saturday, January 9, starting at 11:00 a.m. The official topic is “Hope. Where Do You Find Hope?”

All contestants will perform their orations in person at Morning Star First Baptist Church in Hickory. To keep students and families safe, each student will receive a specific time to arrive and perform. Please note that students will be permitted 1 and only 1 person (parent, coach, or family member) to accompany them. Under no circumstances will we allow additional people.

Eligible participants are third through 12th graders of the Hickory area. Winners in each of three groups: 3rd – 5th graders; 6th – 8th grades and 9th – 12th grades will be awarded monetary and trophy prizes. Winners of the contest will also have the opportunity to present at the MLK Jr. Day Celebration at Union Square in downtown Hickory on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The two ways to submit your completed registration form and copy of your oration are:

1. via email to: [email protected]

2. by US Postal Service mail to Hickory NAACP, P.O. Box 2593, Hickory, NC 28603.

Registration and copy of orations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Post marks will not be considered.

If you have questions, call 828-238-4430 or 828-322-6663.

Registration forms with rules and additional details are available at NAACP on Facebook by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVN6GyYmtinVblyFTkuVkXGLTTsuVLPNvsrkovISW9c22TxQ/viewform