Diversity Committee announces 2014 Drum Major for Justice Award winners

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The Danvers Committee for Diversity has chosen three people to receive its 2014 Drum Major for Justice Award at the town’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner next month. The committee presents the award at the dinner each year to recognize people, businesses, and groups that have shown a deep commitment to social justice and leadership in advancing racial, religious, and social tolerance. The dinner also raises funds for a scholarship awarded annually to students who exemplify through their deeds the principles advanced by King. This year’s honorees are Carole Germano, Rabbi Emily Mathis, and Donald Preston. The dinner will be held on Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club. Mathis, who is from Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, will serve as keynote speaker. The dinner will also feature performances by the High School Chamber Singers and the Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the office of the town’s Department of Planning and Human Services, or by calling Susan Fletcher or Janell Powers at 978-777-0001, ext. 3095. Those unable to attend are invited to make a donation to allow for the attendance of high school students.

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