An oratory contest to honor Robert G. Ingersoll, a famous 19th century speaker known as The Great Agnostic. 15 contestants will compete for prizes by delivering a brief excerpt from Ingersoll’s works.
The panel of judges for this year’s contest, the third of its kind, will include Susan Jacoby, author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought, released earlier this year. See [masked]
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About Robert Ingersoll
Ingersoll was an advocate for racial equality, birth control, women’s rights, Darwin’s theory of evolution, Shakespeare, free speech, and voting rights for Washington, D.C. His most popular speeches were openly critical of religion and the Bible while advocating a humanistic philosophy.
He delivered more than 1,200 speeches to packed houses across the country in the late 1800s, all of them documented in a 12-volume set of his works. After he moved his family to Washington in 1878, he lived, worked and spoke here for seven years. He was a Civil War veteran and a very successful lawyer and political speaker. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Prizes : First Place: $250. Second Place: $150. Third Place: $100. Fourth Place: $50.