Charles Desmond Received MLK Living Legacy Award from UMass Boston
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane advisory board member, Charles Desmond was presented with the MLK Living Legacy Award during the Salute to Those Who Served event. The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Salute to Those Who Served celebrated Black History Month and the value of serving one’s country, both soldier and civilian along with the NAACP chapter of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
This inaugural award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and his pursuit of social justice and racial equality.Dr. Desmond’s commitment to educational opportunity has helped numerous people of color in the city of Boston. As stated by the UMass Boston NAACP president, Kamiya Parkin, “Charles is a man of color, a man who has not forgotten his community and realizes the importance of continuing the work that generations before have started.”
Charles Desmond is on the Advisory Board of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, receiving both Silver and Bronze stars. He visits Selma, Alabama annually to honor the Civil Rights Movement past and present during the re-enactment of the Bloody Sunday march.
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