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The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Turkey, Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Block Island, Rhode Island
Favorite Quote:
I Can Fuck Up On My Own.

Birthplace

Born:
2/8/1951
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Turkey, Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Block Island, Rhode Island
Favorite Quote:
I Can Fuck Up On My Own.

Birthplace

Born:
2/8/1951
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Mayor Kenneth Errol Reeves was born on February 8, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan. Reeves attended Detroit’s public schools and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1968. After one year at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Reeves headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend Harvard University where he earned his degree in American history and literature in 1973. In 1976, Reeves graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.

As an attorney, Reeves served as the managing attorney for General Motors/United Auto Workers legal plan in Detroit. At the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, Reeves specialized in utility, insurance and banking regulations before running for a position on the Cambridge City Council. In 1989, Reeves was in private law practice in Cambridge.

Reeves became the first African American and the first openly gay person elected mayor of any city in Massachusetts. He is also the first openly gay African American mayor in U.S. history. Reeves served as the mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1992 to 1995 (two terms) and was reelected to the mayoral seat for 2006 to 2008. Reeves was first elected to the council in 1990 and has served eight consecutive terms of two years each.

During his first four years as mayor, Reeves launched a number of initiatives that helped to transform the physical, educational, social, and cultural landscape of the City of Cambridge. As mayor and councilman, he focused on building consensus among varied interests, focusing his efforts on preserving affordable housing, fostering citizen empowerment, stimulating economic development and encouraging ethnic and gender diversity. As chairperson of the Cambridge School Committee, he launched the Task Force on the Potential of Students and the Commission on the High School of the 21st Century.

Reeves established the city’s first Office of Tourism and a commission to give voice and platform to the new immigrants in Cambridge. He led new educational and youth development efforts and fostered historical and cultural programs and activities.

Reeves has served in leadership positions with local, statewide and national organizations including Men of Color Against AIDS; the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum; the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California; the Cambridge Men of Color Health Task Force; and the National Black Justice Coalition in New York City.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his mother's childhood in Mandeville, Jamaica, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his paternal grandfather, Archibald Robert Morrison
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his mother's childhood in Mandeville, Jamaica, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his mother's immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his father's career with the Greyhound Bus Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his half-siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Kenneth Reeves talks about his father's funeral
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his eldest brother, Kingsley Anthony Reeves, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his half-brother, Donald Reeves, and his niece and nephews
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his earliest childhood memories in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about the history of the black middle class in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about Barthwell Drugs, a black-owned drugstore in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about Grace Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Twelfth Street riots
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves remembers his godmother's garden
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about white flight in Detroit, Michigan after the 1967 Detroit Twelfth Street riots
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes Motown culture in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes Motown culture in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about the family of HistoryMaker Berry Gordy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his experience at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the performing arts curriculum at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes how an experience with racial profiling influenced his decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his social life at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the student body demographic at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his high school thesis on the Black Power Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves explains why he decided to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his experience at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about transferring to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a sophomore
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about the emergence of Afro-American studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the student takeover of 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his relationship with Ewart Guinier
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his sexual identity as a gay man
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about the nation's first same-sex marriage which was performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his experience as an undergraduate student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the history of the Kuumba singers of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the history of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about Ewart Guinier's contributions to the Afro-American studies at Harvard University and taking a class with C.L.R. James
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about Cornel West's tenure at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his study of W.E.B. Du Bois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about Harvard University's African American Heritage Trail
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his study of W.E.B. Du Bois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about the Michael Clark Rockefeller Fellowship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his research in Europe under the Michael Clark Rockefeller Fellowship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his relationship to the first president of Cote D'Ivoire, Felix Houphouet-Boigny
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his research in West and North Africa under the Michael Clarke Rockefeller Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his admission into the University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his experience at the University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about interviewing with law firms
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about joining the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about joining the United Auto Workers in Framingham, Massachusetts as general counsel managing attorney
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the 1980 Cambridge rent control issues and his segue into politics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about his relationship with Federal District Court Judge Reginald Lindsay
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes his experience as general counsel managing attorney for the United Auto Workers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves talks about former Cambridge, Massachusetts mayors Leonard and Sheila Russell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Kenneth E. Reeves describes the 1980 Cambridge rent control issues and his segue into politics, pt. 2