2023 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Competition

The 2023 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Competition will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 9:00am at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The theme for the Ann Owen Gordon Oratorical Contest Division I (ages 13-15) and Division II (ages 16-19) is:

“Black Excellence: Aspire to Build an Empire”

Each Division will have 1st ($250), 2nd ($150) and 3rd ($100) place winners!

This event will be held in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission’s Youth Symposium.

To participate as a contestant in the oratorical competition, please complete and submit the registration form below by Sunday, January 8, 2023. Contest guidelines can also be found below. If you have any questions, please contact us at jackandjill.oratorical@gmail.com. We look forward to providing a platform for the youth in our community!

2023 Oratorical Contest Registration: Register Here

2023 Oratorical Contest Guidelines:

2022 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Competition

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, the Knoxville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., hosted the 2022 Ann Owen Gordon Teen Oratorical Contest. The Oratorical Competition took place in person at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 9:30 a.m.

The theme for the Ann Owen Gordon Oratorical Contest Division I (ages 13-15) and Division II (ages 16-19) was:

“Educated, Melanated, and Highly Sophisticated”

This annual event was held in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission. A special thanks goes out to all our contestants, judges, sponsors, and volunteers.

The winners for this year’s event are:

Pink-Level Sponsors

In-Kind Donations