What would MLK, Jr., say today if he was running for president?

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston-area elementary school students channeled their inner-MLK Friday in the 20th annual Gardere MLK, Jr., oratory competition.

It was an event we streamed live on abc13. Twelve fourth- and fifth-grade HISD elementary school finalists presented original speeches addressing the topic, "What would Dr. King say in his campaign speech if he were running for president this year."

Everyone did an outstanding job. The overall winner was Richard Espinoza-Garza. You can watch the entire competition in the video window above.

Our own Melanie Lawson was one of the judges.

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