Black History Month Oratory Competition

Attention Scholars!

The 2022 Black History Month Oratory Competition is underway. This annual competition is hosted by our local CBS news station and is an excellent way to showcase your writing and speaking  talents while also celebrating Black History Month.  

To enter, you must submit an essay 500 words or less, describing what one of the following three quotes means to you.  Essay submissions must be submitted by 11:59 pm on January 25, 2022.  The top three winners chosen will receive a cash prize from WJZ along with a scholarship from Toyota Financial Services.

The eligible quotes are below: 

  • “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be

able to make sacrifices for it. – Maya Angelou

  • “The tragedy of life is not found in failure but complacency. Not in you doing too

much, but in doing too little. Not in living above your means, but below your

capacity. It’s not failure but aiming too low, that’s life’s greatest tragedy.” –

Benjamin E. Mays

  • “Have a vision. Be demanding.” – Colin Powell

Competition rules, the application form, and last year’s winners, along with full competition details can be found here.

Attached you will find the official rules and registration form.  If you have any questions or need help with your application please contact

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