The Dr. 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 supported by the National Bar Institute.
The National Bar Association’s (National Bar) first annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition was held at its 75th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., in 2000. As a result of the overwhelming success of the competition, the National Bar, with the support of the National Bar Institute (NBI), adopted it as a national program.
The competition is designed to motivate high school juniors and seniors to excel in education. Students express their views on a pre-selected topic orally and in writing. The contest also gives young people experience in public speaking and reviewing legal documents as well as providing an opportunity to obtain some financial support to continue their education.