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"Building Bridges, and bringing

People together."

AACCES Meetings 

Executive Board Mtg: Feb 1st.
7pm - Pasco CBC Campus, CTE bldg 

General Membership Mtg: TBD

New members always welcome!  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us using the form below.


African American Community 
Cultural & Educational Society
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Have you seen the AACCES contribution to the Manhattan Project display at the REACH yet?  If not, please check it out.  If you have, Thank You for supporting us and the REACH!  The REACH Museum is located at 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland.

Dr. Martin Luther King 10th Annual Celebration
presented by AACCES

Guest Speakers: 

  • Les Trent, Senior Correspondent for the nationally syndicated CBS-distributed television show, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville. He is the product of a Canadian mother and American Serviceman. He is a graduate of Seneca College in Toronto, Canada and has worked for Inside Edition approximately 16 years. He has been at the center of nearly every major story in the headlines; from the historic election night coverage of Barack Obama in Chicago, to both of President Obama’s inaugurations. From the tragic events of 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and the riots in Ferguson, to numerous celebrity interviews with the likes of Joan Rivers, Harry Belafonte, Patti LaBelle, Oprah and Cher. In addition to Inside Edition, Trent has worked for the nationally syndicated shows, Extra and American Journal.

  • Gwen Fisher Trent (nee Edwards), Head of U. S. Communications for Shire, a global biotechnology Company in Boston. She has an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson College and is a proud graduate of Richland High School and Washington State University. Fisher Trent has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate, employee, financial, merger and acquisition, advocacy, and marketing communications as well as media relations and issues management. In addition to Shire, she has worked for Merck, Wyeth & Pfizer Pharmaceutical companies as well as Tyco, Transamerica Life Companies, ARCO, Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles, and Westinghouse Hanford Company. While employed at Pfizer she was instrumental in creating the award-winning “Depression is Real” campaign and coalition.

The Trents are seasoned communications professionals who will discuss issues of traditional vs alternative news media. 

AACCES will also award its annual MLK scholarship to a student from WSU Tri-Cities and its Commitment to Diversity Award to an individual who has made a positive impact in the community. 

Musical Guests:

  • Freeform, a nationally acclaimed jazz vocal group from Columbia Basin College

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Red Lion Hotel, Richland

802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA

Tickets: Salon Remedi, 745 The Parkway, Richland;, or by phone 509-531-2141

Contact: Robin Mitchell (509) 733-9244 or
Les Trent