Black History Boston: Marie St. Fleur
Marie St. Fleur received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and received her law degree from the Boston College Law School. Marie began practicing law in 1987, working in the Massachusetts Superior Court, the Middlesex District Attorney, and Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
In 1999, Marie ran and won the race to become the Massachusetts State Representative of Dorchester and Roxbury, where she held that office for 111 years. She became the first Haitian-American person to hold a public office in Massachusetts. While in office, she was the vice chair of the House Ways and Means. Marie also served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts, and Humanities, and led the establishment of the new Massachusetts Board and Department of Early Education and Care. Marie then left the legislature to work for the City of Boston as the Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, and then served as the President and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Inc.
Marie is the Executive Director of King Boston, a nonprofit working to create a living memorial and programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and their time and work together in Boston. Through her work, future generations of Bostonians will be able to engage with Coretta and Dr. King's work in a new, incredible way.
Thank you, the Honorable Marie St. Fleur, for your contributions to Boston!!