Frederick Douglass Power Of Words Festival

Oratorical Presentations

UNI will host a September 2018 social justice and human rights festival honoring the birth and contribution of the premiere American human rights advocate of the 19th century, Mr. Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895).  We invite local school kids to consider connections between contemporary human rights struggles and Frederick Douglass's work on behalf of nineteenth-century African Americans', women's and immigrants' rights.

The Cedar Valley K-12 school students are invited to participate in the oratory competition and the performance slam events held on Saturday afternoon, September 22 in the Rod Library. The event is free and the public, especially families, are welcome to UNI!

Register to participate on or before Friday, September 7, 2018 through the form below.

Oratorical Event Guidelines for K-12 Students

THEME: Social Justice and/or Human Rights topics required

1) Sample a principle or ideal from Frederick Douglass' writings or speeches; incorporate Douglass concept into your presentation.
2) Present your perspectives and thoughts relevant to current social justice and human rights affairs in the US and/or globally. 

1) Research Frederick Douglass (suggested website) and current affairs
     National Park Service
2) Develop solo or group presentation
3) Technology for presentation available; identify what technology is needed


A) Choose a Douglass speech    Douglass Festival Website link:  in development
B) Complete the Application        Douglass Festival Website link: in development
C) Memorize and Practice 
D) Oratory Competition, Saturday September 22 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
E) Awards: UNI Frederick Douglass awards to participants
•    Speech time not to exceed 10 minutes (high school & middle school)
•    Speech time not to exceed 5 minutes (elementary)

Don't forget to register to participate on or before Friday, September 7, 2018 through the form below.

Oratorical Presentation Sign-Up