Khrystian E. King, LL.D, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. was born in Massachusetts to Leon and Gloree King, who emigrated from the island of Bermuda. Khrystian has been a licensed social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for the last 23 years. He has worked tirelessly to protect, support and empower children and their families throughout the Worcester Area. He also serves as Regional Vice President of SEIU Local 509’s DCF Chapter. Khrystian is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws conferred by Wheaton College in 2020, for his advocacy for the empowerment of Worcester's children, youth and families,with particular consideration for LGBTQ children.
In 2016, Councilor King became the first African American man to serve as an elected official since 1936 and the first African American man to ever be elected city-wide. He is a cofounder of Black Families Together, a Worcester organization that addresses systematic racism. He is also a cofounder of the Black and Latinx Municipal Caucus, a statewide group of BIPOC elected officials. Councilor King is serving his fourth two-year term as Councilor-at-Large.
Khrystian attended Holy Name and St. Peter-Marian high schools. He graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology, and later earned his Master of Social Work from Simmons College and a Master of Public Administration certification (MPA)-in Public Management and Leadership from the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University.
Khrystian is married to Tatiana King M.S.W. / L.I.C.S.W. and has three beautiful daughters: Jailyn, Alexandra and Leiyani. His eldest daughter Jailyn is also a M.S.W. / L.C.S.W. clinician. The King family is a family of social workers in the City of Worcester.
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