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Marvin Gilmore turns 90 with the CDC

From left: Marvin Gilmore with his grandchildren Sophia, Amah, and Kyia.
From left: Marvin Gilmore with his grandchildren Sophia, Amah, and Kyia.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

Marvin Gilmore — who cofounded a Roxbury bank, was the first African-American in New England to be awarded the Legion of Honor, and has been president of the Community Development Corporation since 1973 — celebrated his 90th birthday at the CDC’s gala at the Hyatt Regency Boston Monday night. A pack of his friends were there on his behalf — including literati lady Smoki Bacon, Brandeis president Fred Lawrence, and New England Conservatory president Tony Woodcock. Grammy-winner Gregory Porter performed, and VIP guests included Gilmore’s grandkids Sophia, Amah, and Kyia. Gilmore gave the organization a check for $100,000 during the night.