Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity is planning a series of community conversations that will address ways to improve communication and understanding among those who live and work in the town.

The program, expected to be scheduled for May, will be all-embracing. Organizers hope to welcome members of ethnic, racial and religious groups, as well as other local subcultures, including LGBTQ, the disabled and the military.

Organizers will host a summit in early April for members of Bedford’s range of subcultures to plan the larger program. If you would like to participate and represent a specific community, write to bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or call Tricia Anderson (781-538-4690) by March 31.

The forum will address questions such as: Is there racism in Bedford? How can it best be addressed? What is it like for your particular group to live here? What is important about your culture that you want others to know? The Bedford Embraces Diversity Board hopes “people will develop new relationships or friendships.”

The idea was engendered by a comment from an attendee at the Bedford Martin Luther King Jr. Day unity breakfast. “There are important conversations we need to have in our community. Race and culture impact all of our lives,” the comment said. “Pretending we are color blind or culture blind just masks the beauty and complexity that different races and cultures provide, and gives us an excuse not to do the really hard work of creating a truly integrated community.”

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