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December 20, 2013

“Reclaiming Our Youth” Oratorical Contest For Students First Grade Through Twelfth Grade

 "Youth grow tired and weary and young men stumble, but those who hope will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."



(Chicago, Il, December 20, 2013Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Push For Excellence Inc. and the Illinois Judicial Council “Reclaiming Our Youth” Oratorical Contest will convene on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Rainbow PUSH Headquarters at 930 East 50th Street Chicago Il 60615 to focus young people on the power of eloquent persuasive speech.  The contest was started in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson, who credited their phenomenal leadership abilities to speech contests they entered as children, and wanted to ensure the youth of future generations, had the same opportunity to build their leadership talents through oratorical exercises. It is in this tradition that we continue to sponsor the contest. This year students are asked to memorize excerpts from speeches given by an array of international leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordon, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rudyard Kipling, The Dalai Lama, President Abraham Lincoln, President Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchu, Yoko Ono, Chief Seattle and Mother Theresa - regarding peaceful conflict resolution, negotiations and diplomacy.

The goal of PUSH For Excellence and the Judicial Council Reclaiming our Youth Oratorical Contest is to instill healthy self-esteem and having students memorize and deliver excerpts of speeches in an oratorical contest setting is a superb way to foster healthy self-esteem.

Self-esteem is a term used to reflect a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth.  It is a judgment of oneself and an attitude toward the self. It encompasses beliefs and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame. It is a disposition that a person has which represents their judgments of their own worthiness. It exist as a consequence of the implicit judgment that every person has of their ability to face life’s challenges, to understand and solve problems, and their right to achieve happiness and be given respect.


Please join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., PUSH For Excellence, Inc. and the Illinois Judicial Council for the Reclainimg Our Youth”Oratorical Contest






930 East 50th Street

Chicago, Il 60615

Further Details

Please call 773-256-2762



Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH  People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.

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