Reverend Adam Dyer spoke at the Cambridge NAACP’s 2020 MLK Brunch on February 15
On February 15, at the Cambridge NAACP’s 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Brunch, a power-house crowd of elected officials, civic leaders, social justice architects, and engaged Cambridge residents—young and old—came together to celebrate the civil rights leader and honor a group of five Cantabrigians who are carrying on his legacy of fighting for racial, social, and economic justice. Cambridge Community Foundation President Geeta Pradhan was one of them.
The local chapter of the NAACP acts as the conscience of the city, a champion for justice; it also focuses on the progress that’s being made through the work of local leaders. Each of this year’s NAACP Drum Major awardees are active in the fight for justice in their own way.
Jewel Russell, retired executive director of Henry Buckner School, was acknowledged for her contributions to education, nurturing the children of the school over several decades. Michael Monestime, executive director of the Central Square Business Improvement District (BID), was recognized for community service, for lifting up Central Square through the BID and skillfully leveraging longstanding, intergenerational relationships to create spaces and opportunities for local residents, artists, and entrepreneurs to benefit from our cultural district.
Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, a native of Cambridge who brings her unique skills to address the needs of the city, was recognized for her leadership. Michael Daniliuk, officer of the Cambridge Police Department, was acknowledged for the important role he plays as mentor to the youth of the city and a shining example of the progressive policing for which Cambridge is nationally known.