Martin Luther King’s County

February 1, 2018
Seattle, Washington is the county seat of King County—Martin Luther King, Jr. County. Some locals already know that their county is named for the civil rights leader; others don't. But even those who are aware of the name probably don't know much about the long, difficult journey to make this the only jurisdiction in the entire country named for Dr. King. How did that happen and what does it mean? In part one of a two-part series we're calling What's in a Name, we talked to the local political leaders and activists who made it happen to find out.
Featuring interviews with Eddie Rye, Jr.; Charlie James; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; and former King County Executive Ron Sims.
Music by Leeni Ramadan and Lee Rosevere
This week's cover photo was taken during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963.