Chain of Change - Back in print after 30 years! Mel King is a life long resident of Boston's South End. For over fifty years he has ben a vital force in the development of the city's African-American community. He served ten years as a Massachusetts representative, in 1983 became the first African-American to enter the mayoral final election in Boston. He was the founder of the Boston Rainbow Coalition in 1984. He has been director of the Community Fellows Program in the Urban Studies Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.