Local Spotlight: Activist, Author, and Teacher Melvin H. King

Mel King, image courtesy of the South End Historical Society

Mel King, image courtesy of the South End Historical Society

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people and information from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:

“In 1968, South End activist, author, and teacher Mel King led the famous demonstrations at Tent City.”

Here is a selection from Mel King’s profile in the book: “Mel King grew up in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood. After attending Claflin College in South Carolina, King returned to Boston and received his master’s degree in education from Boston Teacher’s College in 1952. Interested in community development and activism, he served as the director of Boy’s Work at the South End’s Lincoln House and as the director of the New Urban League and also did work for United South End Settlements. He founded C.A.U.S.E. (Community Assembly for a United South End) to fight for the interests of poor residents during urban renewal, led the famous demonstrations at Tent City in 1968, and fought plans to place a highway through portions of several Boston neighborhoods.”

To learn more about Mel King, check out his profile on page 17 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

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