News ReleaseCity of Inglewood
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Inglewood, CA 90301
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Contact :Hilda Kennedy    (310) 412-5301

INGLEWOOD, CA – January 9, 2007 - The City of Inglewood’s 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration slated for this Saturday, January 13, 2007 will feature the artistic and oratory talents of young people who are inspired by the spirit and the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

            Though their parents were not born or were very young when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died in 1968, five-year old Jeslyn Campos, 10-year old Sonia Gonzalez, 11-year old Khamal White and 17-year old Lisa Harris have indelibly impacted not only their teachers and peers, but also community members on the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Planning Committee.  All of these youngsters have been selected to present their award-winning speeches during the King Day Ecumenical Service at 9:00 a.m. to be held at the Tabernacle of Faithful Central Bible Church located at 321 N. Eucalyptus Avenue.

            Three young people will feature their original artwork considering the life and work of Dr. King and illustrating their idea of what they can do in their daily life to promote the spirit of Dr. King.  The first place winner, Edmundo Rizo, a tenth grader at Morningside High School, presented a detailed piece that depicted Dr. King, the Ku Klux Klan, an American Flag, an Eagle and an emblem reflecting the March on Washington.  Summarizing his drawing in a sentence he noted, “This drawing tells us about our nation’s past.  One person’s dream helped change the nation by being equal.”   Rizo’s drawing will be the cover of the commemorative souvenir booklet that will be distributed during the ecumenical service.

            Contestants in the Annual Speech Contest competed from Inglewood’s public and private schools, as well as churches.  The categories for the speech contest competition were based on grade levels and included K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Participants were required to write their speech and submit it to a homeroom teacher or counselor.  They then presented their speech orally to compete amongst their peers at their school or church.  The winners from each school or church competed citywide.  

            Speech contest participants in grades K-5 were challenged to write their own “I Have a Dream” speech.

Contest participants in grades 6-12 selected from the following topics:

- “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

- “What are you doing for others?” 

- “What matters to you?” 

Ms. Jeslyn Campos, a Kindergartener at Oak Street Elementary School has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian and wants to save pet lives.  Asked what good deed she had done, she responded, “I helped my grandmother with babysitting and feeding the children.” 

Fifth Grade Sonia Gonzalez, also from Oak Street Elementary, will add her award winning speech to her collection of academic honors, having won 21 trophies for winning speech contests, spelling bees, math quizzes and being selected student of the year. Sonia wants to become a lawyer and help people fight for their rights. 

Winning the middle school/junior high category, sixth grade Khamal White of Frank D. Parent Elementary will inspire the audience as he presents his King Day speech.  His hobbies include drawing, singing, acting, sculpting and writing speeches.  White says that he wants to become a games designer or comic book artist when he grows up.  He serves as a peer mediator at his school and says it is a lot of fun. 

Lisa Harris is the winner of the high school division of the Citywide Speech Contest.  Ms. Harris is a senior at City Honors High School and is interested in diversity and business.  She would like to become an international businesswoman. 

Winners of both the speech and the art contest will be recognized with a certificate from Inglewood Mayor and City Council and will receive a cash prize during the King Day ecumenical service. 

For more information about Inglewood King Day activities, contact the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (310) 412-8700.