Wenatchee. Saturday morning at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center was the kick off to a weekend full of celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event got kicked off at 10:00 AM with the crowd singing the song “We Shall Overcome” which was a common term during many of Dr. King’s speeches. Next came the Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards, where community members and organizations were honored for their efforts to improve cultural diversity and betterment of society.
Winners of the awards were, Jessie Coen, Makenna Schwab, Wenatchee World and Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater North Central Washington.
During the proceedings, City of Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz spoke to the crowd about the importance of Martin Luther King Day and its relevance to our city. “Our city takes it very seriously, that we are trying to be as inclusive as possible.” Kuntz said, “That we recognize our differences and try to celebrate those.”
For those of you who would like to see more from the awards ceremony, be sure to check out the NCWLIFE Magazine next week to see the full speeches of the award winners.