Transforming a City: Honoring Boston’s Visionaries


October 19, 2019
1:30pm - 5:00pm


Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119

Join us for a celebration of the lives and legacy of Mel King and Chuck Turner, two Boston visionaries who shaped and empowered coalitions!

Transforming a City: Honoring Boston’s Visionaries will bring people together from all over Boston to celebrate the lives and legacy of Mel King and Chuck Turner, that dynamic duo, who changed the course of Boston’s history.

More than fifty years ago, Boston’s black community was in motion with a spirit and a need, challenging the longstanding racist status quo in public education, housing, employment, policing, neighborhood development, and political representation. As an awakened community organized to assert its right to the City, the efforts of Mel King and Chuck Turner stand out. They exposed the white power structure dominated by moneyed interests that oppressed all communities of color, and that also left behind working-class white Bostonians. They built powerful new coalitions – a “rainbow” of folks – that insisted on the inclusion of formerly marginalized peoples to security, prosperity, and dignity. Mel and Chuck saw the need, felt the spirit of change and put their imprint on the city.

We are just a few of the many residents inspired by their example and touched by the transformation they set in motion. And while our work is far from finished, it is the clear-eyed and far-sighted vision of Mel King and Chuck Turner of a 21st century “city upon a hill” based on caring and respectful relationships that continues to light the way forward for Boston and beyond.

Let’s show our deep love, abiding respect and firm commitment to these city fathers and the principles they embody!

Please consider an extra donation for those who can't afford to pay.

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*Community Labor United is a fiscal sponsor of this event. The event is hosted by loving fans of Mel & Chuck*

Registration fee: 

$25 - $500

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning


Community Labor United