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City of San Leandro Accepting Applications to Participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and Poetry Sla
Contact : Liz Hodgins    510-577-3473

SAN LEANDRO, CA: The Recreation and Human Services Department is currently accepting entry forms for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival and Poetry Slam 2020. The City’s annual celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event commemorates the birthday of the great American leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lifelong work toward equality and peace. Participants will perform an original or well-known essay, speech, or poem that celebrates Dr. King’s message of peace, tolerance, and social justice. 

Students in 3rd through 12th grades attending San Leandro schools are invited to participate.  Students can win gift card prizes in their grade category ($100 first place, $50 second place; 3rd-5th, 6th-8th & 9th-12th). To participate, students must submit an entry form that includes the piece they intend to perform. For details and to complete the entry form, visit

Entry forms must be submitted by January 10, 2020 or until 25 entry forms are received.

This event is made possible by a generous donation from the San Leandro Optimist Club.

For more information, call Liz Hodgins, at 510-577-3473 or


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