I want to acknowledge and thank the Salem Award Foundation for honoring Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph for their courage and hard work on behalf of the Haitian people. Not only did we honor them, but hopefully, we have sent a message to the world — and especially the corrupted Haitian government — that these men are not alone. This award signifies that so many here in Salem, and in this country, will work to protect their efforts in restoring democracy and social justice to the Haitian people. As a community, I believe that we have the power to do so much to win the fight against all odds. Let’s stand together. Together we are stronger; together we are indestructible.
Kinnflo Michel emigrated from Haiti at the age of 17. After graduating from Medford High School, he enrolled at Salem State University. He will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.