black history month in dorchester featured musical performances
Music in the courtroom: From left, Clerk-Magistrate Tony Owens listens as Senior Maintenance Technician Verden Matthias, Simmons student Bryanna Brown, and Court Officer Issa Bibbins perform "I Can't Give Up Now" for judges, community leaders, and guests.
judges and probation officer chat before ceremony
From left, First Justice James Coffey, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Vanthomas Straughter, and Judge Jonathan Tynes chat before the festivities. ACPO Straughter spoke at the event, urging people to “Know your history…Find the oldest person you know, and ask them about their life."
UMASS Boston Chancellor at black history month in dorchester
In his keynote speech, UMASS Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley recognized the daily efforts of judges and court staff, thanking them for what “each of you do today and every day when you walk into this courthouse to make each and every day a success for the people who walk through these doors…celebrate yourselves, for all that you do to change lives for the better.”
court officers at black history month in dorchester
Chief Court Officer Frank Barbour and Assistant Chief Court Officer Vladimir Vilvalex stopped by for the ceremony.