In accepting the award, Concannon lauded the courage of the many people in Haiti who work closely with their two organizations, and also singled out his corecipient for praise.
“Mario is under pretty significant physical danger for his work,” he said.
Two Salem State University students, Haitian native Kinnflo Michel, and Haitian-American Naomie Pacoulouce, spoke at the ceremony.
Dignitaries in attendance included Congressman John Tierney, Mayor Kim Driscoll, state Sen. Joan Lovely and state Rep. John Keenan.
The Salem Award honors individuals whose lives and work emulate the moral lessons learned from the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
Past winners include Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Eric Reeves, an activist for peace in the Sudan; Fahima Vorgetts of the Afghan Women’s Fund; and Chinese dissident Harry Wu.
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