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Shirley Anita Chisholm Oratorical Contest


Central Christian Church (DOC)

3801 E. Linwood Blvd. 

Kansas City, MO 64128


Written Submissions Due: Monday, February 10th 2020 at 11:59pm 

Contest will be held on February 29th 2019 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm



The Shirley Anita Chisholm Oratorical Contest celebrates the life and legacy of Congresswoman Chisholm by engaging young people through the scholastic exercise of public speaking. 


Contest Rules: 


1. Participants are required to select one (out of six provided) Shirley Chisholm Quote and expound upon its meaning in a 5-7 minutes speech (700 to 1000 written words). The speech must be written, but reading the speech verbatim is strongly discouraged. The provided quotes are:

  • You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

  • We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us but also those that we have of ourselves.

  • I have certainly met much more discrimination in terms of being a woman than being black, in the field of politics.

  • Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.

  • When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.

  • I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.


2. Provide a cover page that includes, title of speech, full name, grade level, age, address, phone number and email address. Please be sure to provide sources of research on a separate Work Cited page.  


Written submission of the speech must be emailed in advance. The deadline is February 10th at 11:59pm. All written speeches are to be emailed to in a   Please type “ in the subject line and look for a reply message that states your submission has been received. 


3. A limit of ten participants will be chosen to deliver the speech on February 29th at Central Christian Church (DOC), 3801 E. Linwood Blvd. Kansas City MO, 64128. 


4. Participants must be within the age range of 10 to 14 years old. 


1st place wins $100 

2nd place wins $75 

3rd place wins $50 

All other speech competitors receive two movie tickets to Cinemark


  1. Judges will score each speaker according to these three categories:

  2. Content – The information shared exemplifies substantiated research and supports the chosen Shirley Chisholm quote.

  3. Delivery – The participant’s delivery of perspective persuasively connected with the audience.  

  4. Creativity – The participant used an oratorical style, or technique that was original and captivating to the audience.            


A score of 10 indicates the highest points available in each category. For example, a total score of 30 points indicates a perfect score in all three categories. 


The Shirley Anita Chisholm Oratorical Contest is open to all members of the community. On the day of the event we ask that all attendees dress in business attire. 

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