Senator Edward Markey speaking from the stage at Wiggins Auditorium in Peabody duirn his town hall meeting today. (Owen O'Rourke)

Markey will be honored as an ‘unsung hero’

BOSTON -- U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey will be inducted Thursday into a Boston organization's hall of fame honoring those "... who serve and uplift their communities as unsung heroes."

Action for Boston Community Development's (ABCD) "Heart of Humanity" celebration will be at the Boston Marriott Copley Place and salute 22 "outstanding community heroes," including Markey and Boston state Rep. Byron Rushing as well as J. Keith Motley, Ph.D., former chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, according to a statement issued by the organization.

Markey served 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning a special election to the Senate in 2013.

"Once again, ABCD is proud to put the spotlight on the volunteers and community members that go above and beyond to assist, serve, and educate our most vulnerable residents and economically disenfranchised families," said John J. Drew, ABCD President/CEO.

ABCD in its statement said its Community Heroes Celebration honors "everyday heroes and legends that help support the anti-poverty agency's mission to provide low-income residents within the Greater Boston and Mystic Valley region the tools and resources needed to transition from poverty to stability to success."

"We will also add to our Hall of Fame and bestow a special honor to selfless leaders of our community, recognizing their efforts as political leaders, and social influencers in a tireless crusade against poverty," Drew said.

The event's special guest and featured speaker is Michael Tubbs, the youngest and first African-American Mayor of Stockton, Calif. Noted for his campaign against violence and leading the city of Stockton out of bankruptcy, Mayor Tubbs will share his impactful strategies toward community engagement and poverty reduction.

Markey and Rushing will be inducted into the ABCD Heroes Hall of Fame for their selfless political efforts in progressing society and addressing issues that are important to the disenfranchised community, said the statement.

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