Kelly M. Alexander, junior was born to Kelly Alexander, senior and Margaret Alexander, in 1948.
Kelly matriculated through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a bachelor's degree in political science, and a master's degree in public administration. He later went on to teach courses in political and social sciences at universities in North and South Carolina.
Like his father and grandfather, he carried on the management of the family business--the Alexander Funeral Home, in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the oldest African-American business in Charlotte.
Like his parents, Alexander became deeply involved in the Civil Rights movement, beginning his work with the NAACP at the age of nine. Over the years, he held nearly every important position within the organization at the local, state and national levels. He was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch Executive Committee. He served as the president of the North Carolina State Council of Branches, a trustee of the Special Contribution Fund, and as Vice Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards Committee. He served as a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors for twenty six years, and was a vice president of the national organization for twelve years.
In addition to his work with the NAACP, he also served with several other organizations involved in social change, including the Board of Directors of the Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. He was the first African-American to be appointed to the Airport Advisory Committee (1978-1984). He was involved in the effort to prevent an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would allow state assembleymen to served for a maximum of four terms (rather than two). He chaired Mayor Eddie Knox's task force for the revitalization of West Trade Street. He served on the Charlotte Charter Review Commission, and authored the "equitable representation" clause of the city charter. In 1987, he served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Racist Violence. He served on the North Carolina Martin Luther King Commission from 1987 to 1989, and the Citizenship/Economics Education Advisory Council. He served on the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League in 1982, and the International House, the United Way's Social Planning Council, and the North Carolina Health Planning Commission's Advisory Committee on Financing in 1994. He served on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina.
Alexander later went on to win a seat in the North Carolina State Assembly. Among the committees on which he serves are the Agriculture, Banking, Commerce & Job Development, (Subcommittee on Business and Labor), Environment, Finance, Public Utilities, and Redistricting committees.