This story originally aired Aug. 28, 2013. We are sharing it again in remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney, the Seattle civil rights icon who died Saturday at age 91.
Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But the summer of 1963 marked a critical point in Seattle history as well, as young activists staged the city’s first sit-ins of the civil rights movement.