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Local Activist Gets Social Justice Award

MEDFORD, Ore. — The day before the official holiday, Medford’s MLK Task Force awards a local activist for his or her work in social justice and community service.

This year, Rich Rohde was chosen for the “I Have a Dream Award” for carrying on in Dr. King’s footsteps. Rohde is the Southern Oregon Regional Director for Oregon Action, an organization working to empower low-income people on basic social justice issues.

Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler is urging citizens to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21, 2013. Wheeler spoke at the celebration on Sunday at the Central Medford High School Auditorium.

Maurice Woodward also spoke at the celebration, telling the crowd about his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. “I was in Selma, I was in Montgomery. I was on voter registration drives and I was there. I heard him speak. I saw the quiet peace he had because of his faith and that molded my faith,” said Woodward.