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dr. martin luther king, jr. drum major for justice

high school advocacy competition

Applications are CLOSED for the Delaware Barristers Association's 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice High School Advocacy Competition ("the Competition").

Advocacy Topic

The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The Competition is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking as well as provide an opportunity for them to obtain financial support to continue their education. 

The Local Competition will be held virtually on May 8, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.


The topic for the 2021 Competition is: If Dr. King were alive today, would he support the call to defund police departments across the Nation as a reform to police brutality? Explain why or why not.

Application Process

  • Applications can be submitted by clicking here. On the application, students will also find additional information about the Competition as well as the Competition Rules. 

  • The deadline to submit an application is May 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.


Monetary prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Please note that the winner of the local competition will be eligible to represent the Delaware Barristers' Association and have an opportunity to earn more funds at the Regional Competition and National Levels! 

Students should email the Delaware Barristers Association at with questions about the Competition and application process.

Glenn J. Thompson, Esq., MLK Competition Chair

Kemba Lydia-Moore, Esq., MLK Competition Co-Chair

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