Leadership Lessons from Children

Happy Martin Luther King day!  Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr day with personal & professional life leadership lessons from children.

Nearly 400 fourth-and fifth grade students, representing 39 schools in Houston and Dallas, competed in the Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition presented by the Texas-based law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.     The competition commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and is designed to highlight the cultural diversity of the community while recognizing and encouraging the writing and presentation skills of elementary school students.  The final competition was held on Friday, January 14, 2011 in both cities.  All the 15 finalists are winners!

MLK Jr. Oratory winners included Elijah English of Dallas, a 5th-grader at Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School, and Morgan Hunter of Houston, a fifth-grade student at Dodson Elementary School.

2011 Dallas MLK Jr. Oratory winner, Elijah English, delivered this powerful speech on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.  In his speech, he said it’s “…your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.”

2011 Houston MLK Jr. Oratory Competition speech winner, Morgan Hunter, an aspiring physician, captured first place with her winning speech.  She shared her ambition to become a “change agent”, following in the footsteps of the late civil rights leader.

How will you carry forward the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in your personal and professional life?

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable, Mom.me, Babble, Baby Center, Latinamom.me, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.

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