Remembering the Life of Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2024, is Martin Luther King Day when the nation takes time to remember the life and legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Notable accomplishments from Dr. King included the first nonviolent bus boycott that lasted 382 days, leading the Supreme Court to declare segregation on busing unconstitutional; the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream speech” and planned drives in Alabama for Black voter registration. 

With VISION 2050, PSRC wants to keep Dr. King’s commitment to providing equitable opportunities to marginalized individuals. Here are some tools, policies and video sessions the agency and the region have provided that take actions toward dismantling institutional inequities in the region. 

Here are some resources to share: 

The Legacy of Structural Interactive Report: An interactive report detailing the policies rooted in racism and the long-term effects and consequences of these issues. The report provides an overview of structural racism in the central Puget Sound region, from the colonization of the Puget Sound region to the continued systems in the region that promote inequities.

Black Home Initiative: A program addressing the inequities of homeownership in the region and attempting to increase Black Homeownership in the Puget Sound region.

Equity Pilot Project: PSRC’s Equity Advisory Committee has created a project to explore new strategies to evaluate how projects in the region address disparities in our transportation systems.