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January 14, 2013

This year's 'Drum Majors' are a diverse group


In addition, Paul Marcus, the executive director of Community Change Inc. of Salem, will be the keynote speaker, and music selections will be provided by the Danvers High Chamber Singers and the Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir.

The awards are given each year in the name of King, the slain African-American civil rights leader whose sermon on Feb. 4, 1968, called “The Drum Major Instinct,” was given two months before he was assassinated. It carried a famous quote from King, who talked about the desire to draw attention to oneself as both instinctual and problematic: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

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

If you go

What: Danvers Committee for Diversity's Drum Major for Justice Awards

When: Monday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m. Where: Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St.

Why: Event recognizes individuals who show a commitment to social justice while establishing an endowed scholarship for high school students. A nonperishable food collection for the Danvers food pantry will also take place.

Cost: $30 per person. Tickets are available through the Danvers Department of Planning and Human Services. Contact Susan Fletcher or Janell Corning at 978-777-0001, ext. 3095, for tickets or more information.

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