Honoring a Leader
- Honoring a Community Uniting
Mayor Johnson proclaims October 16th
Michael Yoshii Day
October 16, 2004 --
More than 230 people gathered for dinner at the O-Club in Alameda to
celebrate and honor Rev. Yoshii and his Buena Vista Methodist congregation
for years of successful commitment to the cause of human rights.
On July 4th weekend of this year the annual conference of the National
Education Association honored Reverend Michael Yoshii of Alameda as a
crusader for justice for all people.
(Click here to read about the NEA
Getchen Lipow who taught in the Alameda school system for 34 years felt
that Rev. Yoshii's contribution should also be recognized locally. She
organized a gala dinner at the O-Club to create a joyous and meaningful
event she felt would give voice to the many groups that Rev. Yoshii and
his church support in their struggles for social justice.
The O-Club dinner hall can host about 240 people
if a few eat in the cloak closet. Fortunately, no one was left out
as 230 people filled the main hall with
noisy chatter, greetings, speeches of recognition for work well done, and
round after round of hearty applause for a social champion, Rev. Michael
Yoshii. In accepting the honors, he deferred recognition and pointed to
members of his church, many in the audience, as the real award recipients.