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Sunday Spin: RIP Edward Thomas Jr.

You could call Edward Thomas Jr. a spark plug in Spokane’s African American community or an activist for the city as a whole.

Call Thomas – who passed away last week from cancer – the founding chairman of the Citizens Review Panel for Spokane police, a member of the Sports Entertainment Arts and Convention Advisory Board, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, a candidate for City Council, the campaign manager of one of the biggest upsets in the city’s mayoral politics, a serious racquetball player or a man interested in an infinite variety of topics and fond of stylish hats.

Call him all of those things and more. But you wouldn’t want to call him Ed, at least not more than once.

“My name,” he once admonished after the unacceptable appellation appeared in a story, “is Edward. Thomas. Junior.”

To Thomas, a given name was an identity of which one should be proud, not to be shortened or nicked. Given that name some 77 years ago when born in New Orleans, he carried it proudly in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, as he rose to the rank of senior master sergeant before retiring at Fairchild, and for more than three decades in his adopted hometown of Spokane. . .

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