MLK COMMISSION Knoxville, Tennessee
MLK COMMISSIONKnoxville, Tennessee

MLK Youth Symposium - Saturday, April 17

AUSTIN-EAST HIGH SCHOOL                                            2800 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AVE., KNOXVILLE TN






A day packed with fun, activities, free food, entertainment,

and much more!


THE EVENT: The MLK Commission Youth Symposium team has again partnered with the Knoxville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America to provide a day of youth development and leadership training. We intend to continue to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders who will be inspired to reweave the fabric of our community for future children and youth.



You may Register Online by completing the Registration Form below.  Additional Registration and Information will be available shortly. For more information please contact the Youth Symposium Chair at




Church, civic and other organizations are encouraged to register groups. It will be a great opportunity to join with others.





Our Knoxville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated will hold its annual Ann Owen Gordon Oratorical Contest on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM.  This year's contest will be held virtual via Zoom.   Although the virtual platform will be different, we look forward to giving our youth a speaking platform in the 2021 Oratorical Contest and Speak Up Speak Out.  This is a great opportunity for them to share their voices, hone their public speaking skills and possibly win a prize.


The oratorical theme for the 2021 contest is “United as People, Fighting to be Equal".   Participants are divided into two age divisions, Division I (ages 13-15) and Division II (ages 16-19).  Each division has the following prizes: 1st Place - $250, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place - $100. The Division I winner (or highest placed JNJ participant)  will represent our chapter at the SE Super Cluster oratorical competition.


Twix and Tweens can also participate in Speak Up and Speak Out (SUSO) (ages 10-12).   The SUSO theme is  "Say Something, Do Something, Make Good Trouble".   Note: SUSO is for Jack and Jill kids only and this is not a contest.  Speakers will be provided feedback on their speech to help them develop their speaking skill and prepare them for future contests.


Attached are the guidelines, registration forms and a flyer.  Please encourage your kids to participate.   We need your help in promoting this contest in the community, by inviting teens (ages 13-19) who may be interested. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

2021 Speak Up - Speak Out Guidelines
2021 Speak Up_Speak Out Guidelines pdf.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [920.9 KB]
2021 Speak Up - Speak Out Knox Registration Form
2021 Speak Up Speak out Knox Registratio[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [97.6 KB]

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