, Salem, MA

November 23, 2011

Ceremonies focus on social justice, schools

By Ethan Forman
Staff writer

DANVERS — Two upcoming events plan to highlight efforts for social justice and those who support the schools.

On Jan. 16, the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner will be held at the Danversport Yacht Club.

On March 8 at the same function facility, the Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership (DEEP) will honor three individuals who have made a difference to the schools.

King Awards

This year's recipients of the Danvers Community Council's Drum Majors for Justice Awards are:

Juliet Sithole-Berk, who has worked to advance minorities in the health care field;

Emily Jones, winner of a nationwide award for community service while studying at North Shore Community College for her student activism in areas of social change and gay rights;

Paul and Donna Pepper, organizers of the weekly Danvers' Welcome Table at the Maple Street Church, which provides home-cooked meals for those in need;

and Georgianna Melendez, the co-director of the Commonwealth Compact, executive director of the domestic violence services agency Casa Myrna Vazquez, and board member for Citizens for Adequate Housing. Melendez will serve as the event's keynote speaker.

Four organizations are also being honored: the Prep@Pingree summer program for seventh- and eighth-graders from Lynn and Lawrence; Eastern and North Shore banks, for their donations of $10,000 each to support the Project Sunshine summer recreation program for homeless students; and Students United for Acceptance, a Danvers High organization, which has been working to educate people about acceptance of others.

Hall of Honor honorees

DEEP has announced its seventh Hall of Honor inductees as the organization acknowledges those who have made a difference to the schools.

This year's recipients are Tiffany DeCoff, a graduate of the Danvers High Class of 1997; James Farley, a former Danvers public schools educator; and Douglas Rendell, the recently retired longtime director of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, who is being honored as a friend of the schools.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter @DanverSalemNews.

If you go

What: Diversity Committee's Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St.

Tickets: $30 per person

For tickets and more information: Call Susan Fletcher or Janell Corning in the Danvers Department of Planning and Human Services, 978-777-0001, ext. 3095.

What: Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership's Hall of Honor induction

When: Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m.

Where: Danversport Yacht Club

Tickets: On sale next month

For more information or to sponsor the event: Call the Superintendent's Office, 978-777-4539, ext. 2431, or go to