City Councilor Kim Janey reports that Chuck Turner, who once held the District 7 seat she now does, died today:
Our community is better because of your activism and the lessons you shared. We owe you a debt of gratitude. May you be received by the ancestors. Rest well, my friend.
Turner served as the city councilor for Roxbury between 1999 and 2010, when the council voted to expel him following a conviction for taking a bribe.
Born in Cincinnati, he came to the Boston area to attend Harvard - and then stayed, becoming a community activist in the South End in the mid-1960s, where he worked on issues from gentrification to increasing the numbers of black in the local construction trades.
Turner's legacy - Bay State Banner.
More on his life.