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22nd Annual Martin Luther King Bell-Ringing Ceremony

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PASCO, Wash.-- In honor of Martin Luther King Day, more than 100 people gathered at Columbia Basin College Monday to remember the civil rights activist.

A large crowd came out Monday to remember the message Dr. Martin Luther King shared of equality for all.

The ceremony started with a bell ringing and a speech outside next to the Martin Luther King statue.

People at the ceremony called his civil rights work ground shaking and reminded others of how his efforts continue to leave a lasting impact.

Attendees told me they remember a time of harsh discrimination and value the time to remember the work King did to change our culture.

"I believe in what he was saying, what he was teaching. I believed in that. We all are created equal," said Dorles Groce, who attended the ceremony.

"We want to continue to keep an event like this going. If we don't keep it in the front of people's minds, we tend to forget. And if we forget, we're doomed to repeat some of the past mistakes," said Pastor Albert Wilkins, who attended the ceremony.

CBC Board of Trustees Chairman Duke Mitchell gave Monday's key note address and the Federation of Choirs sang gospel songs in honor of King's accomplishments.

As Martin Luther King is remembered across the nation for his life and lasting activism, the Tri-Cities honored King Monday with deep respect.

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