A Black teenager dressed in a suit and tie stands a podium on a stage and gives a speech.
Photo by Jack Pritt.

Stand Up, Be Heard: A Celebration of Student Voices

Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7 p.m. – FREE

Join us on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. as students from three local schools from across the Washington, D.C. metro area take to Ford’s Theatre stage to share original and historic speeches on the Ford’s Theatre stage. With the Ford’s Approach to Oratory as its foundation, students use the power of public speaking to learn from changemakers from the past and to craft their own texts that expound on topics that are important to them. Watch as they take to the stage and captivate you with their presence. Listen as the orators share their perspective on today’s world – and show why youth voices matter. 

Stand Up, Be Heard is supported in part by funding from a PwC Charitable Foundation Reimagine grant.