Last week, Rep. Joe McGonagle joined Everett Director of Veterans Affairs Antoine Coleman as Coleman was honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) during the 2023 Black Excellence on the Hill Celebration.
Coleman is a 2004 graduate of Everett High who continued his athletic and academic career playing basketball at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, he joined the United States Marine Corps., completing a tour in Afghanistan and obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He now works as Everett’s Director of Veterans Affairs, paying it forward by helping veterans receive the resources they need.
McGonagle, who nominated Coleman, says he is an exemplary leader in the community who he’s proud to call a friend. “Antoine is one of a kind and I’m so thankful for all he does for Everett and thankful for this opportunity to honor him with other Black leaders in Massachusetts. A Marine Corp. veteran and former college athlete, he’s taken those principles and lessons and applied them to everyday challenges. He’s humble and hardworking, a true role model whom I certainly look up to. Everett’s veterans, and the greater community of Everett are extremely lucky to have someone like Antoine around.”
Black Excellence on the Hill is an annual event hosted by the MBLLC to commemorate Black Community leaders and trailblazers that are moving the needle forward in cities and towns across the state. This year’s event was held at the State House and included remarks from MBLLC chairman Bud Williams, Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.