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Fifth-grader’s speech on homelessness captures top honors at MLK oratory event

Jan 13, 2018 by

On the half-hour drive from her Sunnyside home to her Fourth Ward school each morning, Tchanori Kone often sees homeless people gathered near downtown highway overpasses. “I wondered why can’t they have homes like other people, like us,” said Kone, a fifth-grader at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center. “There can be children that are homeless and aren’t going to school and aren’t getting anything to eat.” Kone’s desire to help the people she sees, to give them access to health care and education and jobs, became the bedrock of her speech Friday at the 22nd-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, where she took first place among 12 competitors. The event features fourth- and fifth-grade students from across Houston ISD, who deliver short, powerful speeches inspired by the words of the civil rights icon.

Source: Fifth-grader’s speech on homelessness captures top honors at MLK oratory event – Houston Chronicle

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