Jan. 19: Rev. McKinney event cancelled.

Where: Maxey Auditorium

When: Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM


EVENT CANCELLED  – aircraft mechanical issue has cancelled the flight

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney served as pastor of Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until his retirement in 1998, providing the longest continuous pastorship in the history of the church. As a civil rights leader and minister, he did much to shape the conscience of Seattle. In 1961, he convinced his college classmate and friend Martin Luther King, Jr., to come to Seattle for a speaking engagement. Dr. King spoke at the Eagles Auditorium Nov. 10, 1961, his only Seattle visit.

In the 1960s, Rev. McKinney’s commitment to civil rights led him to march in the streets of Seattle and, along with the leaders of CORE, NAACP, and the Urban League, push for equal job, housing, and educational opportunities. With other black church leaders, he was arrested while protesting apartheid in front of the South African consul’s house. He marched with Dr. King in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and in Selma and Montgomery in 1965.

This talk will be moderated by Bob Withycombe, professor of rhetoric and film studies.