Mel King

Born 1928

Melvin H. King is an American educator, activist, and writer. King has been active across the landscape of neighborhoods and politics of Boston, Massachusetts for over fifty-five years, while also being an educator, youth worker, social activist, community organizer and developer, elected politician, author, and an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is responsible for creating community programs and institutions for low-income people in Boston.… Read More

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  • Missing S.F. Woman Found Safe
    San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 17, 2014
  • Public Urges Roxbury Community College Trustees To Respond To Reports Of Lapses In Reporting Crimes On Campus
    Boston Globe - May 23, 2012
  • World’s Youngest Snake Charmer Girl Stuns Audience In Brooklyn
    International Business Times - Apr 29, 2012
  • Video: Mel King Tells Occupy Boston “You Have The Right To Revolution”
    Blast Magazine - Dec 17, 2011


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1928 Birth King, born in 1928, in Boston's South End neighborhood, was one of eight children born to the Kings between 1918 and 1938.


1946 18 Years Old He graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1946 and from Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1950 with a B.S. degree in mathematics.


1951 23 Years Old 1 More Event
King has been active in creating community programs and institutions for low-income people in Boston and is the founder and current director of the South End Technology Center. He and his wife, Joyce, married in 1951, are parents of six children, ranging in ages from 38 to 53. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old In 1953, King left the classroom to work with at risk youth, becoming Director of Boy's Work at Lincoln House, a settlement house in Boston's South End community. … Read More


1967 39 Years Old In 1967, King became the director of the New Urban League of Greater Boston. … Read More


1968 40 Years Old In 1968 Mel King helped organize a sit-in at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) office on Thursday, April 25, 1968 in protest of a planned parking garage that was going to be built at the corner of Dartmouth and Columbus Streets in the South End, a site where housing had been leveled. … Read More
1973 45 Years Old In 1973, he was elected as a State Representative for the 9th Suffolk District and served in the Massachusetts Legislature until 1982.


1983 55 Years Old In 1983, when the incumbent Mayor of Boston, Kevin White, withdrew from contention after 16 years in office, Mel King ran for mayor, initially the only person of color in a large field, and ultimately against Raymond Flynn. … Read More


2000 72 Years Old During the 2000 presidential election King endorsed the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader
2002 74 Years Old In 2002, King endorsed Jill Stein for governor of Massachusetts, saying "Jill Stein is the only candidate who will speak truth to power She's the only one that makes issues of racism and social justice integral parts of her campaign.
2009 81 Years Old King endorsed at-large city-councilor Sam Yoon for Mayor on August 10, 2009. … Read More
2014 86 Years Old In 2014 he was the Campaign Manager for the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for State Auditor, M.K. Merelice. … Read More
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