King speaks at Washington college about civil rights


The Rev. Ed King of Jackson was the featured speaker for Black History Month events at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Wash.

A United Methodist pastor, King was active in the civil rights movement in Mississippi during the 1960s. King is currently a semiretired professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In 1963, he was a leader in the historic Woolworth sit in that took place in Jackson. He was also a good friend and co-civil rights leader with Medgar Evers, who was later assassinated.

In addition to King’s speeches, two films about the movement were shown. They included Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders and Freedom Summer. King acted as a consultant on the development and filming of Freedom Summer. The award-winning documentary, Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders, relates the firsthand stories of Mississippi women who risked their lives in the fight for Civil Rights and emerged as heroines.

Freedom Summer follows the events of the summer of 1964, including the disappearance and murder of three civil rights workers — Michael Schwerner, James E. Chaney and Andrew Goodman — and the discovery of their bodies in a dam on a farm near Philadelphia. The documentary was run as one episode of the History Channel series “10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America.” King officiated Chaney’s funeral.

King also spoke at First United Methodist Church in Port Angeles.