Third Robert G. Ingersoll Oratory Contest - 2013Robert Green Ingersoll, known as The Great Agnostic, was a famous 19th century orator and outspoken critic of religion. He was an advocate for racial equality, women’s rights, Darwin’s theory of evolution, free speech, birth control, and voting rights for D.C. He delivered over 1,200 speeches to packed houses across the country in the late 1800s. After he moved his family to Washington, D.C., in 1878, he lived, worked, and spoke here for seven years. He was a very successful lawyer, political speaker, and Civil War veteran - yet he has been neglected by history. To revive his message and popularity we are announcing:
The Third Robert G. Ingersoll Oratory Contest - 2013
At noon on
Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.,
up to 15 contestants will each deliver a brief excerpt from Robert G. Ingersoll’s works. A panel of judges will evaluate and award prizes for the best performance. Sign up to be a contestant, or just come to hear the outrageous blasphemy and rhetoric of this undeservedly forgotten American orator. Bring your blanket or chair and applaud your favorite selection or speaker.
Please note: due to unforseen circumstances, Susan Jacoby will not be able to be on the panel of judges. However, copies of her recent book The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought will be on sale.
For more details, please visit the Ingersoll Oratory Contest website.
"Happiness is the only good.
The place to be happy is here.
The time to be happy is now.
The way to be happy is to make others so."
– Robert Green Ingersoll
This free public event is sponsored by:
Center for Inquiry DC (CFI DC), Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH), Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum , a project of the Council for Secular Humanism , and American Humanist Association (AHA).