MLK Day Unfinished Work Event

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January 14th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MLK Day Unfinished Work Event

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New Roads School, in conjunction with The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents a community event featuring young orators, filmmakers, musicians and artists to move forward the legacy of Dr. King. “Unfinished Work” encourages young people to think deeply and creatively express themselves as they acknowledge, challenge, disrupt and dismantle institutional and structural racism.
The film and oratory events are open to Middle and Upper School students and schools from across the country and the globe.

Film Festival

To  enter the film festival, visit
Oratory Event
Young people are encouraged to use their voice to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and offer commentary on the unfinished work of today. Students are invited to craft a speech inspired by one of the following Martin Luther King Jr. quotes (and one from John E. Lewis).
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” – John E. Lewis
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.”
“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Grade Level & Length
Middle School (Max. length 5 minutes)
High School (Max. length 10 minutes)
Please submit a video of you delivering your speech to by midnight, January 7, 2020
Prizes Awarded
For further information or general enquiries about ‘Unfinished Work’, email

MLK Day Unfinished Work Event