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Celebrating MLK Day

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PASCO, Wash;-- A beautiful day outside left many in good spirits as they honored Martin Luther King Jr. today.

The 19th annual Martin Luther King bell ringing ceremony at Columbia Basin College brought a large gathering of people to celebrate a life so important to the world.

At noon hundreds of bells sent gentle rings into the air and seemed to affect everyone at the event today in Pasco. Ringing of the bells only lasted about a minute, but it was understandable, by the look on people's faces it was a minute spent reflecting, and paying tribute to a man who has changed the way our society is today.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said in a speech given decades ago, "we must alter from a thing oriented society to a person oriented society." It's a message the winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award is hoping to keep alive today.

"It was all about dreaming big and I think the dream that he had back then, a lot of it has come into reality," Spirit Award winner Rufus Friday said. "My message to kids is to dream big and don't let anyone stand in the way of your dreams."