Published Jan. 20, 2014
By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City Herald
Ellen Rangel of Pasco, front, holds hands
with David King of Greensboro, N.C., right, and Edmon Daniels of Pasco,
left, on Monday as they joined a crowd of about 250 in singing "We Shall
Overcome" with the Federation of Choirs during the 23rd annual Martin
Luther King bell-ringing ceremony at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
King was visiting his wife Ola Rambo-King of Pasco.
KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald |
Realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream starts at home.
you want to know where the solution rests, fill in your name, your
address," Cos Edwards, executive director of WorkSource Columbia Basin,
told an audience of 250 at a Monday ceremony honoring the slain civil
Problems with discrimination haven't been solved
just because a black man now lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Edwards
told the gathering at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
So instead of looking to the president for answers, he said he looks to an address on Peyote Drive in Pasco.
"That's where I live," he said.
All ethnic groups need to work together to achieve equality, Edwards continued.
"We are inseparable," he said. "Our plights are contingent on the other."
also admired King's courage for setting a life course as a civil rights
leader, even though King had to know it would likely result in an early
death. And he said King's struggles for equality continue.
annual Spirit Award was presented Monday to Wayne Martin, a retired
environmental research scientist at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory in Richland. He was a member of CBC's board for 10 years and
now serves on the state community college board.
Martin said he likes to tell people that "education is the solution." Which begs the question, "To what?"
tell me the problem, I'll tell you education is the solution," he said.
"I don't care if it's a job problem, a social problem -- an education
will solve it."
Martin said he was humbled to receive the award inspired by King.
"I'm just a little grain of sand off of the rock of what he is," he said.
ceremony played out just how Patty Wilson-Schmidt of Kennewick said she
would have designed it. She was inspired by Edwards' speech and has
known Martin for 30 years.
"It was awesome," said Wilson-Schmidt, who has been coming to the annual event for at least six years.
23rd annual bell-ringing ceremony began in the cold, damp weather near
CBC's Martin Luther King Jr. statue, then moved inside the Gjerde
Center. The hourlong event ended like a church service, with people
joining hands, some reaching across rows, singing along while a choir
performed We Shall Overcome.
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