50th Anniversary of "I Have a Dream" Speech

<p>Dr. King Statue</p>

Dr. King Statue

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

While thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C. today for the occassion, here in the Tri-Cities, we visited a life size statue of Dr. King on the Columbia Basin College campus.

It reminds everyone of his couragaeous spirit and his wise words used to call an end to racism, which many students sais theystill remember today.

"We've improved," said Tiffany. "There's still racism in the world but I don't think it's as bad as those times."

"Children nowadays grow up with a lot better opinion of what comes with an individual person," said Brett Roe. "I think we, generally in the Tri-Cities, appreciate people for who they are and for their academic qualities and personality rather than just the color of their skin."

That statue is the site of a bell ringing ceremony every January on the King holiday

The Annual MLK Spirit Award is also given annually on that day to a community member who has helped represent the work of Dr. King.