Tech Seeks Reps for OUSD 40th Annual MLK Oratorical Festival

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Would you like to represent Oakland Tech at the 40th annual OUSD Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival with your original poetry, published poetry or scene? This year’s theme is “The Time Is Always Right To Do The Right Thing.” Learn about the festival here and email Ms. Dallas at ena.dallas@ousd.org with your proposed entry category.  

Four Decades in the Making

Forty years ago, the founder of the festival, Donald Oliver, had a vision. He wanted to showcase students’ oratorical skills and he wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. He felt that testing/reading score data did not truly lift up students’ comprehension and fluency skills and abilities. But he knew that delivering an oration was an academic exercise that required students to read and comprehend complex text in order to analyze, synthesize, interpret, critique and present or perform that text (creating a new form through performance) in a competition in public speaking.

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