2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is an annual oral and written advocacy program sponsored by the National Bar Association and the National Bar Institute designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The contest is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking and reviewing legal documents as well as provide an opportunity for them to obtain some financial support to continue their education.

A first place, second place, and third place winner will be chosen at the national Competition during the 96th Annual Convention taking place July 23-27, 2021. The winners will each receive a one-time scholarship in the following amounts: First Place – $5,000, Second Place – $3,500, Third Place – $2,000 and $500 for the remaining competitors.

The NBA and NBI will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inaugural MLK, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition at the 96th Annual Convention. This year’s pre-selected topic is: “If Dr. King were alive today, would he support the call to defund police departments across the Nation as a reform to police brutality? If so, explain why? If not, explain why?” Please click here to download the application.