Seat­tle civil-rights leader dies at 91

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES -

SEAT­TLE (AP) - The pre-em­i­nent civil­rights leader in Seat­tle has died.

The Seat­tle Times re­ports the Rev. Dr. Sa­muel B. McKin­ney died Saturday at an as­sisted-liv­ing cen­ter in Seat­tle. He was 91.

McKin­ney took part in civil-rights demon­stra­tions in Seat­tle, Alabama and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in the 1960s, and talked his col­lege class­mate, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - their fa­thers were pas­tors and friends - into com­ing to Seat­tle in 1961, which would be King's only visit to the city.

McKin­ney, a 40-year pas­tor of the Cen­tral Area's Mount Zion Bap­tist Church, helped launch the city's first black-owned bank af­ter lo­cal banks re­stricted loans to African Amer­i­cans. He served as an orig­i­nal mem­ber of the Seat­tle Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, which suc­cess­fully ad­vo­cated for pas­sage of Seat­tle's first fair­hous­ing act.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WASH­ING­TON STATE LIBRARY

Rev. Dr. Sa­muel B. McKin­ney, a friend of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed away at the age of 91.

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