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Continuing the Legacy Oratorical Showcase


In following the footsteps of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, it is important to take the time to acknowledge the accomplishments and the legacy of African-American men and women who influenced the way in which we live today. It is imperative that we take their lessons and accomplishments as inspiration for our own success and legacy. This Black History "Continuing the Legacy" Oratorical Showcase will give students across Washington, DC the opportunity to learn about the past and look toward the future.


Official Rules


How to Enter: 

1: Entries for the Continuing the Legacy Oratorical Showcase will be accepted starting Monday, January 9, 2017. Entries must start by acknowledging an inspirational speech, letter, poem or other work by an influential African American figure. Entries should comprise an original essay that references the inspirational work and builds on the legacy of the author with a message for today.

2: Original essays should follow the standards as indicated below.

Elementary School entries (1st-4th grades): 400- 600 words, typed and double-spaced.

Middle School entries (5th-8th grades): 600- 800 words, typed and double-spaced.

High school entries (9th-12th grades): 800- 1000 words, typed and double-spaced.

3: Original essays must be submitted by 11:59pm Friday, February 3, 2017 to Please include your name and “Continuing the Legacy Submission” in the subject of the email. One entry per person.

4: Five semi-finalists will be chosen from each category. Semi-finalists will be announced on Friday, February 10, 2017.

5: Semi-finalists will be asked to memorize their essays and perform their live orations on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at  3:00pm at American University Washington School of Law 300 Nebraska Ave NW Washington, DC 20016



1: There will be three eligible winners for each category.  $250 and a Chromebook will be awarded to tier Legend (1st place); $100 will be awarded to tier Icon (2nd Place); $50 will be awarded to tier Pioneer (3rd Place).

2: All prizes or prize certificates may be picked up at the Friendship Public Charter School main office located at 120 Q St NE Washington DC 20002. Any prize not claimed within fifteen (15) days of winning will be forfeited by the winner. In the event that a prize is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and, therefore, the winner assumes the risk of its arrival. Friendship is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize.


Eligibility Restrictions:

1: The competition is only open to students in grades 1-12 who reside in Washington, D.C.  AND who are currently enrolled in a school within the District of Columbia. Employees of Friendship Public Charter School their immediate family members and persons living in the same household are ineligible to participate or win.

2: All entries become the sole property of Friendship Public Charter School and will not be returned. By entering, entrants agree to abide by these rules, and warrant and represent that their entry is their original work.

3: Contestants are required to provide truthful information and Friendship Public Charter School will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. Friendship Public Charter School will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements.


Selection of Winners:

1: Decisions of competition sponsors with respect to the contest are final.

2: All essays received will be judged 50% on relevance to the theme, 40% on creativity, and 10% on compliance with these rules. Judges will select up to 15 Semi-Finalists based on this judging to make oral presentation. Semi-Finalists will be notified by e-mail or telephone. In the event of a tie, the essays with the same score will be re-judged on the same criteria.

3: The Semi-Finalists will be selected to present their memorized orations on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3pm at American University Washington School of Law 300 Nebraska Ave NW Washington, DC 20016. Judges will review presentations based on 20% creativity, 20% relevance to theme, 10% compliance to these rules, plus 50% delivery of speech. In the event of a tie, the presentations with the same score will be re-judged on the same criteria. The top first, second, and third place winners will be selected from the fifteen Semi-Finalists.



1: Payment of all prize-related federal, state and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner.

2: By participating in the competition, the winners (or, in the case of a minor, their parent/legal guardian) agree to have their name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material without further permission or additional compensation, and to sign a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility and release of liability prior to acceptance of the prize. Prize may be awarded to the minor's parent or legal guardian. All expenses on receipt and use of prize are the sole responsibility of winner.

3: Winners, by acceptance of their prizes, agree to release Friendship Public Charter School, their respective parents and subsidiaries, and their respective advertising, promotion and production agencies from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to any prize-related activity.

4: Competition sponsors reserve the right to make changes in the rules of the competition which will become effective upon announcement.

5: Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize.

6: Failure to comply with the competition rules may result in a contestant’s disqualification.

7: To obtain a copy of the official rules and/or winner’s list, please email