Boston turns out to celebrate Mel King’s 89th birthday

SOUTH END — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, former Mayor Ray Flynn, and numerous other city officials, South End residents, and students turned out recently at the McKinley School for a birthday celebration to recognize community leader/author/former politician Mel King.

Called a “Son of the South End,” King is perhaps best remembered as a community leader who challenged Flynn in 1983 to be Boston’s mayor after then Mayor Kevin White announced he would not seek re-election. Far from the acrimony of today’s political climate, the election was seen as hard-fought, but fair.

Speaking at the party, Flynn said of King: “[I] think of this man, more so than anybody else in my lifetime, helped bring this city together.”

The event, of course, was closed out with cake.

All photos are by Bill Brett.

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