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Video: HISD Students Honor MLK With Speeches

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. say if he received the Nobel Peace Prize today? Houston Independent School District students answered that question with their own original speeches.


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Fifth grader Chase Roberts accepts his first place award after the speech competition.


Hundreds of students, teachers and proud parents fill the pews at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in downtown. It’s the final round of the competition. A dozen fourth and fifth graders are ready to present their takes on King’s acceptance speech.

Fifth grader Chase Roberts takes the stage with confidence.

“As we face this current clash of cultures, we must realize we are our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother,” he said.

Roberts talked about promoting unity between diverse cultures. He said if Dr. King was here today, he would ask us to use social media to affect positive change. He also reminded people not to text and drive.

After a few minutes of deliberation, the judges awarded Roberts first place. His reading teacher Derrick Estes was there to congratulate him afterward.

“He was a little bit nervous this morning, he told me, but when he got in that church, he said ‘You know what Mr. Estes, I’m relaxed, I’m good to go,’” Estes said.

As the winner, Roberts received a $1,000 scholarship. He says it will help him toward his goal of becoming a sports commentator or a professional athlete. 


1st Place Winner Chase Roberts, Cornelius Elementary


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