CCC Student Orators Compete for Standing Ovations in Black History Month Reenactment of MLK Speeches
CLARKSDALE – Reenacting legendary speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate Black History Month at Coahoma Community College, 11 student orators competed with fiery performances for standing ovations and cash awards.
Before a standing room only audience, Londynn Jones of Clarksdale won first place and a $75 prize for his “I still have a dream…let freedom ring” litany evoking, “all right” chants from the audience.
Winning second and $50 was Chris Tanner of Cleveland who fired up the crowd with King’s “I have been to the mountain” speech emphasizing,”It’s either non-violence or non-existence.”
Third place winner earning $25, Taryn Williams of Clarksdale quoted King’s “new definition of greatness” with “Jesus gave a new norm of greatness” – giving his life to serving others.
Others competing were Sherrika Hawkins, Daqueda Scott, Tierra Washington, Cierre Willingham, Martellis Wright, Diontay Allen, LaTora Fields, and Deloris Boyd.
Judges for the event sponsored by CCC’s Division of Academic Affairs were LaShasa Griffin, Dr. Kishki Hall, David Jones, Yolanda Miller, and Dr. Nerma Moore.
Between speakers, two ensembles from CCC’s concert choir, entertained the audience, and door prizes were given away by Vera Griffin and Karen Woods Done, both of academic affairs.
Announcing the winners was CCC political science instructor and former state representative John Mayo, who emphasized the importance of speech and writing in education.
Others participating were Dannick Artis, Samuel Miller III, and Emmitt Riley.