King was the first Black person to make it onto a general election ballot as a candidate for Boston mayor.
In 1983, former South End state representative Mel King became the first Black person to make it onto a general election ballot as a candidate for Boston mayor.
King, who died Tuesday morning in his home at age 94, will be remembered for his historic achievement, which The Boston Globe said “ushered in a new era” of race relations in Boston.
Photos of King from the last 60 years show the countless ways he made a positive impact on the city throughout his life, and how he remained an important voice in city politics long after his mayoral defeat.
Mel King before his historic mayoral campaign:
Mel King during his historic mayoral campaign:
Mel King after his historic mayoral campaign:
Mel King’s later years:
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