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Remembering Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney

The Seattle civil-rights leader passed away on April 7 at the age of 91. 

April 13, 2018

Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, pastor emeritus of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018. He is remembered not only as the leader of one of Seattle’s oldest African-American churches, but as one of Seattle’s most prominent civil-rights leaders. In 1998, Journalist Enrique Cerna sat down with Dr. Rev. McKinney to hear his story. We are resharing that interview as we reflect on his life and his leadership in our community. 



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Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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