Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 4, 2004

Leading 1960s Seattle Civil-Rights Activist to Present Lecture at Whitworth

Samuel McKinney, D.Min., retired pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church and a leading 1960s civil-rights activist in Seattle, Wash., will discuss "The Struggle for Civil Rights in Seattle: The Role of the Black Church," on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

"Samuel McKinney is considered to be the most influential African-American pastor in Seattle's history in the area of civil rights," says Dale Soden, history professor and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth. "He was very involved in the fight to integrate Seattle public schools and was responsible for bringing Martin Luther King, Jr. to Seattle."

McKinney is a graduate of Morehouse College and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He served in the U.S. Army and earned a doctor of ministry degree through the Martin Luther King, Jr., Fellows Program in Black Church Studies, which was administered by the Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminaries of Rochester, N.Y.

McKinney and Floyd Massey co-authored a dissertation, "Church Administration in the Black Perspective," which was published in 1976 by Judson press and is currently in its 10th edition.

McKinney served as pastor of Seattle's Mount Zion Baptist Church for 40 years; he retired in 1998 as pastor emeritus. He has been honored for his support of education and civil rights with honorary doctorate of divinity degrees from Linfield College, in McMinnville, Ore., and Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Ga. McKinney received the YMCA's A.K. Guy Award in 1997.

McKinney's visit to Whitworth is sponsored by Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning through a grant provided by The Lilly Endowment, based in Indianapolis, Ind.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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