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Berklee's Unsung Heroes breakfast to honor Diane Patrick

Posted by Sara Brown  January 21, 2011 12:23 PM

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Massachusetts' First Lady Diane Patrick will be among those honored this Saturday at Berklee City Music's eighth annual Unsung Heroes breakfast.

The morning event, hosted by Berklee College of Music's City Music Program--an educational initiative that uses contemporary music to reach fourth- through twelfth-graders--honors educators, artists, and mentors who have made "significant" contributions to the local community, with a panel discussion about the Boston's bussing era and student performances also on the program.

Patrick, a lawyer, will be honored for her contributions to early childhood development and the legal system and her role as an outspoken advocate to end domestic violence in Massachusetts, according to a press release from the school.

Patrick will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also feature a panel discussion about "Boston's bussing era, its impact on the city, and the ways the community has since worked to heal itself."

Panel speakers will include Keith P. Jones, a disability rights consultant and hip-hop artist, and Clifford Weeks, who is noted as the second African-American educator to teach in South Boston. He is now the director of the Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach Program.

The Berklee City Music Preparatory Academy Choir, City Music All-Stars, and the Hyde Square Task Force Dance Troop will perform at the event.

The free event is Saturday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Berklee's David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street.

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