Ken was raised in New Hampshire, obtained a degree in government from the University of New Hampshire, enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi where he first saw how segregated the South was and became interested in the civil rights efforts. After getting out of the Air Force he started to work for the Defense Department and moved to Howard County. He continued his interest in civil rights by joining the local NAACP in the 1960's and serving as its political action chair. When the Equal Rights for Women amendment was being proposed he joined the local NOW chapter and worked for the passage of that amendment. Unfortunately the effort fell two states short of becoming part of the Constitution. It is hard to believe but in the 25 years since that effort we are farther from having an amendment to the Constitution for equal rights for women.
I caught up with Ken recently in our joint work for passage of the Marriage Equality referendum question on the Maryland ballot next month. Ken and I have talked about jointly canvassing in the County this week. When equal rights are being advanced you can count on Ken to be involved.