Mel King
American politician
Mel King
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.
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Missing S.F. woman found safe
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Police found an elderly woman who had been reported missing Thursday afternoon in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights neighborhood. Mee King Wu, 80, was located about 6:30 p.m. in the Richmond district and was in good health. She had last been seen in front of a dental office on the 3400 block of California Street at 2 p.m.  
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Public urges Roxbury Community College trustees to respond to reports of lapses in reporting crimes on campus
Boston Globe - almost 5 years
Public seeks answer from college on US crime audit Supporters of Roxbury Community College and its president, Terrence A. Gomes, on Tuesday implored the Board of Trustees to respond publicly to the controversy surrounding the college after revelations that federal officials are auditing the school for suspected lapses in its reporting of crimes committed on campus. “Your silence, your silence, your silence is damning,’’ Mel King, a longtime city activist and former legislator and mayoral candidate, told the board during its public meeting at the college.
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World’s Youngest Snake Charmer Girl Stuns Audience in Brooklyn
International Business Times - almost 5 years
Emily keeps a corn snake, a bull python, a Reverse California King Snake, and two Florida Amel King Snakes.
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Video: Mel King tells Occupy Boston “You have the right to revolution”
Blast Magazine - about 5 years
King Mel is a long-time Boston community activist and civil rights leader who served as State Representative and ran for Mayor of Boston in 1982. Early in his career, he was a vocal organizer of a 1968 protest in which neighborhood activists erected a tent city in a parking lot where the Boston Redevelopment Authority planned to build a garage. For three days, countless people funneled through the festive shantytown for free food, free music and radical political discussion. When a housing development, not a garage, was built on the site it was named “Tent City” in honor of the activists’ encampment. Speaking at a small gathering at encuentro5 (a space in Chinatown for community and progressive groups) a week before Occupy Boston’s eviction from Dewey Square, <a class="fplink fp-192814" href="/mel+king">Mel King</a> praised Occupy Boston and drew parallel’s between it and the 1968 Tent City he helped create. King told the Boston occupiers, “You have the right to alter and chan ...
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Book Review: Mel King's 'Streets' - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
In his book of poems, Mel King provides an understanding of what it means to be from the South End to those of us from other neighborhoods. In Streets, he documents his involvement and committment to Boston. The book became a project of his in 1928,
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VIDEO: Suzanne Lee Hosts South End Fundraiser - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Former mayoral candidate Mel King introduced Lee, a resident of Chinatown. “I&#39;ma believer that the most important work that anyone can do is that which is in the best interest of children,&quot; King said during his introduction. &quot;Suzanne has the experience
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District 3 candidates talk taxes, budget, dorms - Dorchester Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Tuitt pointed to Shirley Chisholm, the first black Congresswoman; Mel King, the former mayoral candidate and state representative; and her boss, Rep. Fox, among others. Everett also pointed to Chisholm, and listed President Obama and her boss, Sen
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New polls: Obama's off base - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
“He needs to stop spending money on the war and sending our youth overseas, and stop spending our money to kill other people,” said Mel King, a progressive community activist and former Boston mayoral candidate, who said he has become disillusioned by
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Boston activist joins New England Civil Rights Hall of Fame - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
By Sara Brown, Town Correspondent Former State Representative and community leader Mel King will be honored Saturday by the New England Area Conference of the NAACP as he is inducted into the organization&#39;s New England Civil Rights Hall of Fame
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Open for change - The Phoenix
Google News - almost 6 years
Other participating leaders included WGBH social-media editor Annie Shreffler and progressive icon Mel King. Even at 83 years old, King is a major advocate of viral mediums — in one breakout group, he used the example of how news of last year&#39;s Boston
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Explosive 2014 Guard On Illini Radar - IlliniBoard.com (subscription)
Google News - almost 6 years
Last season at Providence St. Mel, King averaged 18 points, 4 steals and 2 rebounds per game as a freshman. “It went great. We didn&#39;t finish it off like I would have wanted. I played very good.” “I am a very deluxe scorer that can score from anywhere
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Centre score 25 goals to snatch title - but will celebrations be cut short? - Bath Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
In Division 2, Biddestone White Horse set a club record of seven straight victories thanks to their 3-2 success at Steeple Ashton Rangers. Simon Burt, a Mel King penalty and Matt Thomas put the fourth-placed team in control before a late Nathan
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No Reason for Optimism About Race Relations
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: To the Editor: To the Editor: New York's Mayor Koch is correct to state in ''Toward One Nation, Indivisible'' (Op-Ed, June 26) that ''Race is never far from our consciousness.'' But the Mayor loses the target when he argues that ''Relations between the races have in fact improved.'' Mayor Koch rejects personal observations as evidence and
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IN KENNEDY TERRITORY, A NOT-SO-EASY HOUSE RACE
NYTimes - over 30 years
Is an upset in the making here? Is it possible that Joe Kennedy will lose? There are two answers to this, the conventional wisdom and Tip's wisdom. The conventional wisdom is that the race for Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr.'s seat in the House of Representatives is tightening and that State Senator George Bachrach, a liberal's liberal, has a
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COALITIONS OF BLACK AND HISPANIC VOTERS STILL RARE
NYTimes - about 33 years
Despite highly visible advances in Chicago, Boston and a few other cities, coalitions between blacks and emergent Hispanic voting blocs appear to be both rare and fragile, with competition for the same economic and political base breeding hostility more often than cooperation. Inquiries in a number of cities around the country suggest that an
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BOSTON RIVALS VOICE SATISFACTION AT ELECTION RESULT
NYTimes - over 33 years
The election of Raymond L. Flynn as Mayor of Boston yesterday was both a victory for him and a sign of progress for a city that has been racked by racial strife, many Bostonians agreed today. But many here also were uncertain, given Boston's fiscal troubles, whether Mr. Flynn would be able to meet the expectations he aroused with pledges to restore
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PHILADELPHIA AND OTHERS VOTE TODAY
NYTimes - over 33 years
Philadelphians are expected to elect their first black Mayor Tuesday in one of the most widely watched of many off-year elections scattered across the country. W. Wilson Goode, an energetic but soft-spoken former city managing director, has widened a commanding lead in voter-preference polls here. Surveys show him leading two white opponents in a
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SIGNS OF CHANGE APPEARING IN BOSTON'S ELECTORATE
NYTimes - over 33 years
The virtual tie in the mayoral primary Tuesday between Melvin H. King, a black neighborhood organizer, and Raymond L. Flynn, a self-styled populist, reflects the emergence of a more liberal electorate in Boston after a century of domination by conservative and Irish politicians. ''You are now looking at a city that is much more moderate,'' remarked
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BOSTON MAYORAL PRIMARY TO MARK START OF A NEW POLITICAL ERA
NYTimes - over 33 years
Before the start of the Bonne Bell 10-kilometer race for women in Boston today, Cathy Hoffman dragged her young daughter over to meet Melvin H. King. He is tied in public opinion polls with two other leading candidates, Raymond L. Flynn and David I. Finnegan, going into the city's mayoral primary Tuesday. ''You are actually going to win,'' Mrs.
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BLACK'S MAYORAL BID BRINGS CHANGE TO BOSTON
NYTimes - over 33 years
''Hey, Mel!'' the voice cried. Bald, bearded, more than 200 pounds, more than six feet tall, Melvin H. King looked up from the corner of Kneeland and South Streets downtown. He had no banners, no signs, entourage or loudspeakers to draw attention, just himself. But in racially divided Boston, this black candidate for Mayor is being greeted as a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mel King
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 86
    In 2014 he was the Campaign Manager for the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for State Auditor, M.K. Merelice.
    More Details Hide Details In 1970, King created the Community Fellows Program (CFP) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and director of the Community Fellows Program for twenty-five years until 1996. CFP, a nine-month-long program brought community organizers and leaders from across America to reflect, research, and study urban community politics, economics, social life, education, housing, and media. In 1981, King's book, Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Developmenthttp://www.southendpress.org/2004/items/Chain was published by South End Press. It focused on development in housing, education, employment and politics in Boston from the 1950s through the 1970s. Upon his retirement from MIT, King established (in the Tent City context of Boston's Back Bay) the South End Technology Center to provide computer training for low-income people.
  • 2009
    Age 81
    King endorsed at-large city-councilor Sam Yoon for Mayor on August 10, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details King praised Yoon's vision, his collaborative approach and his focus on improving the educational system in Boston. King founded the Rainbow Coalition Party in Massachusetts. In 2002, the Rainbow Coalition Party merged with the Massachusetts Green Party to become the Green-Rainbow Party, the Massachusetts affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. King remains active as a member of the Green-Rainbow Party.
  • 2002
    Age 74
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 72
    During the 2000 presidential election King endorsed the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Though King secured the African American vote by wide margins and significant support among other ethnic groups, King ultimately lost to Flynn, an Irish-Catholic with roots in South Boston.
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 45
    In 1973, he was elected as a State Representative for the 9th Suffolk District and served in the Massachusetts Legislature until 1982.
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  • 1968
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next morning, Mel King organized an occupation of the lot. While facing police retaliation, for the next three days between 100 and 400 people occupied the lot. They built tents and wooden shanties and put up a large sign welcoming the media and visitors to "Tent City." Celtic's legend Bill Russell, who owned a South End restaurant, provided food for the protestors. The story received extensive coverage in the local media. In honor of the demonstration, when a housing complex at that site was dedicated on April 30, 1988, it was named "Tent City." Mel King told reporters that the key to the project was convincing ordinary Bostonians that they had to play a role in the development of their neighborhood. King ran three times for a seat on the Boston School Committee in 1961, 1963, and 1965 – being unsuccessful each time.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    In 1967, King became the director of the New Urban League of Greater Boston.
    More Details Hide Details He brought job training for the unemployed and organized the community around public school, employment, and human services delivery issues. In 2003, King created The New Majority – an organization and program uniting Boston's communities of color– Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans – uniting them around candidates for elective office.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He continued his community work focusing on street corner gangs as Youth Director at United South End Settlements (USES). He also worked as a community activist and urban renewal and anti-poverty organizer. He was let go by USES when he promoted and supported neighborhood control versus USES and government control over the urban renewal and federal funds to assist poor people. King was then rehired after protests from the community over his firing and was given the job as a community organizer. King, then founded the Community Assembly for a United South End (C.A.U.S.E.), to give tenants and community residents a voice in their communities.
  • 1951
    Age 23
    In 1951, he received his M.A. degree in education from Boston State College and then taught math, first at Boston Trade High School and at his alma mater, Boston Technical High School.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details King's mother, Ursula, was born in Guyana, and his father, Watts King, in Barbados. They met and married in Nova Scotia and immigrated to Boston in the early 1920s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 18
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    King, born in 1928, in Boston's South End neighborhood, was one of eight children born to the Kings between 1918 and 1938.
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