"Most people don't know it, but there is an important link that connects the city of Seattle with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday which is annually observed on the third Monday of January.
The civil rights leader visited Seattle only once, in November 1961. Dr. King was scheduled to speak at First Presbyterian Church, but after pamphlets of Dr. King's lecture were distributed, the leaders at First Presbyterian Church canceled the agreement.
Even so, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the University of Washington (@uofwa
) and Temple de Hirsch (@templedehirschsinai
) on November 9. And at Garfield High School, and the Eagles Auditorium, which is now the ACT Theatre (@acttheatre
), on November 10, 1961.
On the other hand, William Rufus DeVane King was the 13th Vice President of the United States. With the exceptions of John Tyler, who succeeded William Henry Harrison Sr. who died of pneumonia 31 days into his term, and Andrew Johnson, who assumed the presidency after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, William Rufus DeVane King is the shortest-serving Vice President. He died of tuberculosis after 45 days in office. He is also the only U.S. executive official to take the oath of office on foreign soil. Due to his poor health, he was inaugurated in Havana, Cuba.
Now, King County, located in the state of Washington, was initially named after William Rufus DeVane King. But in 1986, a motion emerged to change the namesake, claiming, among other reasons, that William Rufus DeVane King was a slaveowner in Alabama, near Selma.
It was until July 24, 2005, when the change finally occurred. King County remained King County, but it is now named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., instead of William Rufus DeVane King.
And Seattle is the seat of King County." - Comrade (the human)
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Injustice is not a treat. It is a threat.
With an 'h,' the letter that looks like a chair." - Sinatra
📢: In collaboration with @visitseattle