MIT Infinite History Project: Kenneth E. Reeves (2015)
Kenneth E. Reeves, former Mayor of Cambridge, reflects on his experience as a public servant, 18 November 2015.
Kenneth Errol Reeves was born in Detroit, Michigan, and first moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard University as an undergraduate. After working in private law practice in Detroit, Boston, and Cambridge, he was elected to the Cambridge City Council (1990-2013). He was the city's mayor for three terms--Massachusetts' first Black mayor (1992-95) and first openly gay Black mayor in the United States.
From 2015 to 2017, Reeves held an appointment as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research interests include: bio and tech community culture; civic life; connections between technology and community; and STEM and public education.