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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Thousands turn out for Spokane march honoring MLK

Two-and-a-half-year-old Aveline Jones plodded in her yellow shoes, pink pants and black coat with her hand firmly in her mother’s grasp Monday as they joined about 3,000 other marchers to …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Spokane civil rights leaders say his lessons more relevant than ever

Some Spokane leaders say they can still hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s booming voice playing over and over in their minds. They still remember the joy and reverence he shared …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

New Hope Baptist Church, long an icon of East Central, plans for new home

The New Hope Baptist Church, which has been a fixture of Spokane’s East Central neighborhood for nearly four decades, is raising money to move to a new location in Spokane …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane County Republican chair calls on Democrats to denounce booing of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The Spokane County Republican Party chair is calling on her Democratic counterpart to denounce the booing and chanting that drowned out part of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ speech at Spokane’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

Spokane pastor helps keep MLK’s dream alive

In the moments leading up to the spotlight, the Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins has an irrepressible smile, as his name would suggest. When the emcee recites Watkins’ impressive list of …


Hundreds honor King at annual Spokane march

Nearly a thousand people filled the Spokane Convention Center Monday morning for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march downtown. The marching distance was shorter than other years, but …


Still reaching, more than 1,000 join in Spokane’s MLK Jr. Day march

Like a spirited Southern preacher, the Rev. Carolyn Gordon needed 15 minutes of powerful, persuasive language to convert her audience of more than 1,000 into an army of believers in …


Spokane proposal to end free parking on some holidays draws objections

The co-founders of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration say a proposal from city leaders to start enforcing parking meters on the holiday indicates that officials consider the day …


East Central Community Center makes some blacks feel excluded

Several black residents say their community has been ignored in the new operations of the East Central Community Center. Sandy Williams, Eastern Washington representative for the Washington Commission on African …


Etta Watkins follows husband’s lead in longtime pursuit of MLK’s dream

While Etta and Happy Watkins have been opposites in some ways, their shared values of faith, family and a commitment to keep alive the message of Martin Luther King Jr. …


For NAACP’s new leader, education is empowering

College didn’t work out his first time around. So years ago, James Wilburn, inaugurated last weekend as the president of Spokane’s branch of the NAACP, got down to educating himself. …


Plenty of Spokane’s faithful supporting Referendum 74

As the campaign for Referendum 74 rolls along, you might fall under the impression that people of faith – all of them – are opposed to gay marriage. That this …


March organizers say last year’s threat strengthened resolve

Spokane civic leaders have taken part in Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations since 1984. The King celebration in downtown Spokane Monday will carry extra meaning for many taking part. Authorities …


Guilty plea doesn’t close book on racism, says march leader

Organizers of the annual march targeted by a racist wannabe bomber say Spokane can’t forget about what happened just because the defendant pleaded guilty. “This is one of the symptoms …


Street will be named for King

A new street that will go from Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane through the Riverpoint campus will be named for Martin Luther King Jr. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously …