The 2017 Dallas Winning Speech 25th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition winner is 11 year old Sierra Jones. This year’s topic was what Martin Luther King would say about Muhammad Ali’s contribution to society.
Eleven-year-old Sierra Jones, a fifth-grade student at Charles Rice Learning Center in Dallas, captured first place at the 25th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Sierra’s speech highlighted Ali’s refusal of the Vietnam War, as well as his boxing triumphs, tying together Ali’s fights in and out of the ring.
“So I would say fight when you are tired,
fight for what you believe,
fight like my friend Muhammad Ali,
fight until you can’t fight any more,”
This is something I, too, learned.
And if I had to take a line from him, I would say
‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,’
I will be great because of a man like Muhammad Ali.”