Columbia Basin College held the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bell Ringing ceremony on Monday.
PASCO, WA - Columbia Basin College held the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bell Ringing ceremony on Monday.
The college chooses someone in the community that embodies Martin Luther King's legacy of creating positive social change.
This year the MLK Spirit Award recipient is Dr. Wayne Martin.
Monday, people gathered around the Martin Luther King Statue on the CBC campus.
Dr. Wayne Martin is a retired PNNL scientist who has invested his life to advocating the importance of education.
He was an essential part in creating the Office of Diversity on campus.
It has increased the number of Hispanic students attending the college and has made it possible for the campus to get millions of dollars in federal funding benefiting all CBC students.
Martin said he is honored to receive this award, especially because of it's link to Martin Luther King.
"The word I keep constantly using is humbled. You know one of the best things that can happen is when your community recognizes you for the things you've been doing kind of like on the side that you don't do this for awards you do this to give back," said Martin.
The bell ringing ceremony continued with a performance by the Federation of Choirs, a poetry reading by Miss Juneteenth and of course the spirit award presentation to Dr. Martin.
Martin is a retired environmental research scientist at Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There, he mentored graduate students in the lab, and was honored with Batelle's 2010 Community Stewardship Award for his work in the community, primarily in education.
Martin served as a board trustee at CBC for ten years, as well as on the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council. He's also currently a member for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Science Spectrum magazine and Career Communications Group, Inc. named Martin one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science" in 2004.