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Oratorical Contest

What is the Oratorical Contest?

The Oratorical Contest provides young people with an opportunity to develop and receive recognition for their public speaking skills.  Contestants are judged based on a set of criteria that measure their demonstration of intellectual thinking and positive expression in an original written and oral presentation of the annual theme.  College scholarships are awarded to the contestants with the highest scores.  The Oratorical Contest is held annually during the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Annual Session.

Interested in being a participant? Click here to download the “Oratorical Competition Guidelines” 

The 2021 Oratorical Guidelines and Application

Thank you so much for your patience with the National Baptist Congress (NBC) and the NBC Oratorical Committee as we worked extremely diligently to put together revised guidelines for this year’s virtual contest.

The guidelines and application are complete! The guidelines are attached above. However, please note, this year, out of an abundance of caution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contestants will electronically access and submit the application by selecting the “Apply Now” button in the guidelines. If you are unable to access the application form by selecting “Apply Now” in the guidelines, it is also linked here. Further, as you will notice in the guidelines, contestants will submit/upload their speech to an online portal drive, it will be reviewed by judges, scored and then streamed virtually during the National Baptist Congress where the winners will be announced.

Please Note:  Due to an abundance of caution arising from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National Baptist Contest was canceled. The circumstances were beyond the control of the Congress but we believe God knows best. Please note, no possible contestants from the 2020 competition are eligible to participate in the 2021 contest as contestants must be graduating high school seniors. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate unchartered territory.


For More Information, Contact:
Bro. BerThaddaeus Bailey, National Baptist Congress Oratorical Contest Coordinator

2019 Oratorical Contest Winners

1st Place – Rachel Henderson, Georgia
2nd Place – Danielle Jenkins, New Jersey
3rd Place – Joseph Matthews, Michigan

2018 Oratorical Contest Winners

Ms. Rakayla Brooks, 1st Place

Ms. Lenecia Turner, 2nd Place

2016 Oratorical Contest: “Jesus Christ Keeps Using My Life to Inspire My Generation to Follow Him” Luke 9:23

1st place Ms. Billie Mwangi of NJ; 2nd place Ms, Madisyn Elam of NC; and 3rd place Ms. Nile Ruth Pierre of CA

History of NBC Oratorical Winners:  2003 to 2016


2019 Rachel Henderson – Georgia
2018 Rakayla Brooks – Missouri
2017  India Nichole Martin – Ohio
2016 Billie Mwangi – New Jersey
2015 Chante’ Dobson – Tennessee – Click here to download the report
2014 Yunique’Murphy- Oklahoma – Click here to download the report
2013 Joei M. Robertson- Utah – Click here to download the report
2012 BerThaddaeus M. P. Bailey- Oklahoma – Click here to download the report
2011 Nadia Agbozo – New Jersey
2010 Sabrina Elizabeth Stansberry – Louisiana
2009 Michael Evans -Michigan
2008 Synthia Pullum – Texas
2007 Sha’ Vana Daniels – Utah
2006 Brandi Fulton – Louisiana
2005 TeRance Darnell Golden – Missouri
2004 Tasia Stone – Florida
2003 Crystal Horne – California / Bruce Hughes – Illinois Oratorical Winner (Tie)

Bro. BerThaddaeus Bailey, MPA, National Baptist Congress Oratorical Contest Coordinator