MLK Oratorical Competition postponed

The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org.
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org.

By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount

Due to expected inclement weather, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and the city of Rocky Mount have postponed Saturday’s scheduled MLK Oratorical Competition.

According to Archie Jones, Human Relations director, the event will be rescheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 6pm in the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

“The safety of our students, parents and all others who plan on attending the oratorical competition is paramount,” says Jones. “With expected snow and extreme low temperatures, the commission and our department felt it would be best to postpone this event and encourage everyone to remain indoors.”

The overall theme for the MLK Oratorical Competition is “Origin of the Dream.” Students in grades 6-8 will speak to the theme “My Dream,” while speeches for contestants in grades 9-12 will formulate around the “Origin of the Dream” theme.

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