19th Avenue from East Union to East Madison streets will be renamed
Mayor Ed Murray today joined with Seattle City Council members to sign legislation that will rename 19th Avenue from East Union to East Madison streets to Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Ave. This resolution will honor local civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney for his work in Seattle to advance the city’s civil rights movement beginning in the 1960’s.
“His work made a lasting impression on this city,” said Murray. “We may not know many of the freedoms and liberties we do today without Rev. McKinney’s efforts decades ago. The renaming of this street in his honor is a proud moment for Seattle.”
Rev. Dr. McKinney served as minister and pastor of Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until he retired in 1998. He worked to raise awareness of the needs of the less fortunate, regardless of their race. His work to bring social justice to Seattle created an extraordinary legacy.
“Rev. McKinney lifted the conscience of our city and has made a lasting mark on social justice issues,” said Seattle Councilman Bruce Harrell. “His positive influence on Seattle has spanned six decades and will continue to resonate with the street renaming.”
As an original member of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Rev. Dr. McKinney and his fellow commissioners originated and pushed through the passage of the open housing ordinance. It was the first fair housing act in Seattle’s history that prevented discrimination against protected classes who were renting, selling, financing or purchasing housing.
The street name is honorary. The legal name of 19th Avenue and addresses on this street will not change.