PSRC celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today marks the 40th year our nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy as a civil rights activist. King led the first nonviolent bus boycott in 1955 that lasted 382 days. The Supreme Court, a year later, declared it unconstitutional to require segregation on buses.

King spent the next 11 years traveling, speaking, and writing about the injustices faced by Black Americans. Some of the most notable events were leading the protests in Birmingham, planned drives in Alabama for Black voter registration, and the peaceful March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream speech” to 250,000 protestors.

PSRC carries the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the work of the Equity Advisory Committee, Regional Equity Strategy, and VISION 2050. Our agency is creating policies and actions toward dismantling systems of inequality.

Here are some resources and tools PSRC has developed to promote equity:

VISION 2050 Equity Related Policies and Actions: A compilation of relevant policies and actions that are related to equity plans with VISION 2050.

Guide to Conducting Equitable Community Engagement: Guide that provides consideration for and information on engaging communities in developing comprehensive plans.

Fair Housing Equity Assessment: An analysis (and recommendations) aimed at ensuring equitable access to housing and opportunity for residents of the region, including racial and ethnic minority populations, people with disabilities, and other classes of people protected under the federal Fair Housing Act.

Racial Residential Segregation: PSRC maps residential settlement patterns across the region by race and explores the various causes of racial residential segregation that contributed to these patterns.

Series of Joint Board Sessions on Equity

PSRC's Executive Board is hosting a series of joint board sessions on racial equity. All PSRC board members are encouraged to attend these to become better equipped to effectively work with staff and each other as we weave equity into our work. Another session is planned for Spring 2023. Here are links to past sessions:

  • Building a foundation for racial equity:  The first session established the foundation for building strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. 
  • Implicit bias: The second session in our equity series developed a shared understanding of implicit bias, helped to Interrupt implicit bias by increasing awareness, and explored strategies to reduce the impact of bias. 
  • Institutional and structural racism: The third session explored institutional and structural racism, including what these terms mean and how these forms of racism have created long-lasting racial disparities in the Puget Sound region.