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UMass Boston: Mel King Addresses Social Justice in the City

Friday, April 6, 2018  
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The University of Massachusetts Boston is pleased to announce Mel King as its Spring Planning Lecturer. Mel King will discuss the role of urban planning in advancing social justice in the city. This public lecture will take place on Friday, April 20th at 3 pm at the UMass Club located at 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, in downtown Boston.

Those attending this important planning education event will also have the opportunity to secure copies of Mel King's classic book on resident-led planning in Boston, "Chains of Change" which has recently been updated and reissued.

Mel King first came to national prominence in the 1960s through his leadership of Boston's Tent City Movement which challenged the Boston Redevelopment Agencies' urban renewal policies which were displacing thousands of poor and working-class Bostonians. Mel King subsequently served in the Massachusetts State Legislature where he fought to advance equal opportunity in the workplace and housing. Following his service in the State Legislature, Mel King founded the MIT Urban Fellows Program which provided an exceptional planning education for hundreds of grassroots community leaders throughout the US.

Those interested in attending this lecture are asked to RSVP their attendance to:


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