Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Contest hosted by the Prince William Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its Education Foundation.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left an indelible mark on the way Americans engage in civil dialogue. Despite the violence perpetrated against the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King responded with oratory and nonviolent resistance to condemn the injustice of social inequality. His legacy is one of tolerance and steadfast commitment to principled and peaceful communication.
The MLK Youth Oratorical contestants pay tribute to Dr. King's legacy with their ability to exercise the strength of the spoken word. This is a skill inseparable from their character and will serve them well as they tackle leadership opportunities and build personal relationships.
I congratulate and applaud the following contestants of the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Contest:
Hannah Wied--Pennington School
Jacob Gonzalez--Parkside Middle School
Jawuanna McAllister--Stonewall Middle School
Seth Opoku-Yeboah--Osbourn Park High School
Alice Gyamfi--C.D. Hylton High School
Attiqah Syeda--Gar-Field High School
Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for recognizing the benefit that Dr. King's teachings bring to the development of our youth. We lay the foundations of a more tolerant society when we nurture the ability to engage and communicate with one another in a way that respects our common humanity.
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