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Peabody Rabbi Honored as Drum Major for Justice

Danvers recognized three community leaders in social justice earlier this week at the town's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards dinner.

The Drum Majors for Justice Awards went to Rabbi Emily Mathis, who was the guest speaker for the evening, retired Danvers Police Lt. Carole Germano and Habitat for Humanity-North Shore President Donald Preston.

Mathis, who is the rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, said the holiday reflection on King's life and work is truly valuable when it sparks a heartfelt response and action toward making a difference in society.

"We all do a bit of tapestry weaving [in society] ... from fear to beauty," she said.

This was the 14th year of the local awards, which are presented by the Danvers Committee for Diversity at the Danversport Yacht Club.

The Danvers High Chamber Singers and the Follow Hymn Choir of Lynn also perform for the evening.

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