Cultural contributions recognized, page 3

    Billy Frank has spent much of his life as an advocate for human rights, particularly the rights of Western Washington's Native-Americans.

    A Nisqually tribal member, Frank was on the front lines when the dispute over treaty-guaranteed Indian fishing rights erupted in the 1960s and '70s. His persistence landed him in jail more than 40 times.
    From 1975-1988 he was the fisheries manager for the Nisqually Tribe. He was responsible for the development of the Nisqually River system, which included enhancement and habitat-protection activities. He also has been the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for the past 11 years.
    Currently, he is the Medicine Creek Treaty area commissioner and the Nisqually Tribal fish commissioner.

    Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s.
    He was born in 1942 in Seattle. He left Seattle to join the army in 1961. A parachute injury in Kentucky resulted in his honorable discharge in 1962.

Jimi Hendrix

    He then went to Nashville and was hired as a guitarist in backup bands for all-star shows of touring rhythm and blues greats such as Little Richard.
    In 1966, he started his own band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, in London. Hendrix returned to the United States in 1967 for a series of concerts and his popularity soared. Hendrix's music was a mixture of rock, blues and jazz.
    His appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, is considered one of the most memorable performances in his career. Hendrix brought the festival to a close with an amplified version of the "Star Spangled Banner."
    He died in 1970.

Student make event possible

    Today's Clocktower celebration is taking place in large part, because of a $7,000 donation made in 1994 by the Associated Students of Centralia College.
    "This donation was made by the ASCC in an effort to recognize the many contributions made by diverse people of the Northwest," said Blaine Nisson, dean of students.
    "The students wanted to celebrate these outstanding contributions to our community, society and culture," he added.
    In the summer of 1993, members of the college's Cultural Pluralism Infusion team suggested the Clocktower be used to recognize the contributions of diverse persons to culture.
    The students worked with other members of the campus community to review the list of nominations and make the final selection.
    The base of the Clocktower was designed to display 16 plaques. Eight panels remain to be filled.
    The college's Cultural Diversity Committee will continue to accept nominations of individuals who represent diversity and who have made significant cultural contributions.
    For additional information or nominating procedures, contact Randy Johnson, cultural diversity coordinator, at ext. 468.