L. Trenton Marsh, a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is the winner of the 2014 MLK Oratorical Contest. The annual event, sponsored by Steinhardt’s Graduate Student Organization, honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King’s Jr. through students’ original speeches.
In his speech, “The Courage to Dream,” Marsh used the example of Dr. King to inspire his audience to action and achievement. He shared anecdotes about individuals in his own life, who, in the face of prejudice and adversity, triumphed. Marsh urged NYU students to act in the spirit of courageous people, to “become trailblazers” and “demonstrate through words, actions, and courage that all things are possible for everyone.”
“Whatever you embrace, move forward with a sense of passion, purpose, and perseverance. It’s very possible that one day someone will be empowered and will attribute it to your courage to dream,” Marsh said.