Watch this CBS interview with the 2010 winners of the Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition:
When the interviewer asks Tamia what the victory means to her. She responds:
"It means that I worked really hard, and that I can achieve my dreams as long as I work hard."
Rodriguez asks, "How hard did you work?"
"Every night, every day, 24 hours, just straight on the line."
What inspires a child to work this hard at something? If I had to guess, I would imagine that key to her determination is a powerful faith in herself.
What better lesson to learn on MLK Day?
From the Green Room: There is simply no substitute for practice and hard work. But as you practice, do not lose sight of what ultimately will be the key to your success: your belief in yourself.
Here is Tamia's winning speech: