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Spring Planning Lecture: Building Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” - A Discussion with Mel King

Mel King
Event Start Date: April 20, 2018 - 3 p.m.
Event End Date: April 20, 2018 - 5 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: UMass Club, 1 Beacon St., 32nd Floor, Boston

Legendary activist Mel King is the featured speaker for the Master’s Program in Urban Planning and Community Development's spring planning lecture. At 90, Mel King is still challenging local leaders to identify "who benefits" from public decisions.

RSVP to Kenneth.Reardon@umb.edu.

About Mel King

Mel King was the first African American to win Boston’s preliminary election for mayor, losing to Raymond Flynn in the 1983 election, but changing the conversation about who deserved to be sitting at the table. He founded the Rainbow Coalition, which brought together people from all walks of life.

King served as a state representative from 1973 to 1982. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Never one to back down from the struggles he believes in, King is a constant force in providing a voice for communities of color.

He is responsible for creating community programs and institutions that have positively changed the lives of disenfranchised people across the city of Boston. Upon his retirement from MIT, King established the South End Technology Center to provide computer training for low-income people.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.