March 16, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 11
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King County approves new logo, image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
King County approves new logo, image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We need a new logo for the 21st century," said Council Chair Larry Gossett.

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN Staff Writer

The crown is out, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is in, and a large crowd of community members, politicians and local activists who gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, March 11, couldn't have been happier about it. The new King County logo, approved by the King County Metropolitan Council on Monday, is the face of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This image replaced the crown symbol that has been in use since the mid-seventies.

Speaking on behalf of the committee that proposed and worked for the change -- Eddie Rye, Jr, a community activist who also worked on the name change to Martin Luther King Way from its former name, King County Metropolitan Council Chair Larry Gossett -- noted that Washington has had logos representing George Washington, and Chief Sealth (Chief Seattle).

"So, why not finally have a logo that says we live in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. County? ... We need a new logo for the 21st century. We need an image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Gossett before the unveiling of the new logo. The eager audience seemed to be in agreement as the new logo was unveiled; clearly, they loved it.

Also on hand to cheer on the effort were the honorable Governor Christine Gregoire, and her husband, 'first gentleman', Mike Gregoire; Rev. Samuel B. McKinney, pastor emeritus of Mt. Zion Baptist Church; King County Executive Ron Sims; State Senator Adam Kline; and Bruce Laing, former King County Councilmember. The mayor of Renton, other King County Councilmembers and Diane Sosne, president of the Service Employees International Union 1199 were also on hand, among others.

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