On Saturday, March 15, 2014 well known community leader, political insider and businessman Celes King IV passed away. Celes King was a native of Los Angeles but over the recent years split time between his home here in Los Angeles and his “get a way” home in San Diego, CA. Celes was the son of well known civil rights activist and businessman Celes King III (Celes King Bail Bond Agency).
King served for several years as the President and CEO of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) and was currently serving as active board member of the organization. CORE which is the lead organization for the MLK Kingdom Day Parade here in Los Angeles and actively working in communities throughout California.
King was an advocate and lobbyist for several businesses and business endeavors throughout Los Angeles and the State of California, he could often be found walking the halls of Sacramento, meeting with legislatures on both sides of the isle and advocating on behalf of undeserved communities of color. King served as the vice chairman, government policy and community relations for Congress of Racial Equality CORE a nonprofit organization that advocates for marginalized communities of color, he was an active member of the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA) and a strong supporter of Black Media throughout the region.
Upon being notified of his passing former BCCLA and SCLC President Rev. Eric P. Lee stated “We have lost a true leader in our community. Celes followed in the footsteps of his father Celes King, III and was a friend and an advocate for all people, but he was and always has been an un-apologetic advocate for Black People first. Our community will miss his leadership and I will miss his friendship”.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.