Disarm Now Plowshares keep Dr. King’s Dream Alive

On Monday, January 17, 2011 the University of Washington Tacoma honored the Disarm Now Plowshares with its Legacy Award.

Each year in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Washington Tacoma Office of Equity and Diversity and the Black Student Union sponsor the MLK Unity Breakfast. At this year’s event they recognized “UW Tacoma citizens and organizations that consistently address diversity, social justice and civil rights.” They also honored “external persons who have made significant contributions to the UW Tacoma community” in these same areas.

The members of Disarm Now Plowshares received this year’s Legacy Award for their commitment “to public service. As a group, they have a proven record of community activism and community engagement. The Trident submarine base at Bangor, just 20 miles from Seattle, is home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, housing more than 2000 nuclear warheads. Fr. Bichsel and his colleagues entered Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in the early morning hours of November 2, 2009, All Souls Day, to call attention to the illegality and immorality of the existence of the first strike Trident weapons system. With this award, we salute them for their courageous acts and continued efforts to keep Dr. King’s Dream alive!”

At this year’s Unity Breakfast UW Tacoma history professor Michael Honey, who testified on behalf of Disarm Now Plowshares at their recent trial, addressed Dr. King’s “full life” in service to others and spoke racial and economic justice and their relation to peace. Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, Sr., Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia also spoke of Dr. King’s legacy; his talk was titled Martin Luther King Jr: A Drum Major for Peace.  Dr. Carter is also the curator of the “Gandhi-King-Ikeda: Legacy to Building Peace” exhibit at Morehouse College.

Cedric Howard, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, presenting the Legacy Award to Disarm Now Plowshares. (Photo: Blake Kremer)

Bill Bichsel, Susan Crane, Lynne Greenwald and Anne Montgomery were present to receive the award on behalf of the entire Disarm Now Plowshares group.

This award is wonderful recognition that there are many ways to be of service to humanity.

Click here to see photos from the event, including more photos of Disarm Now Plowshares, at the UW Tacoma Website.

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