Bedford’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast to Address Challenging Issues of Racism

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By Bedford Embraces Diversity

A panel of educators, clergy, young people and parents will address challenging issues of racism to highlight Bedford’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9:30.

The event will be presented by Bedford Embraces Diversity in Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road. The public is encouraged to attend. The first two events sold out, so reservations are required through bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or (781) 538-4690.

Among the panelists will be Scott Jones, a detective lieutenant with the Bedford Police Department, and Jason Harris, head basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Both are Bedford High School graduates. They will be joined by the Rev. Darrell Hamilton of First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain, and local school administrators, teachers and students.

The panel plans to discuss dealing with racism at the national and neighborhood level. “Our grass-roots organization is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion both here in Bedford and in the world at large,” said Marilou Barsam, president of Bedford Embraces Diversity.

Besides the speakers, Karin Parker of Boston, a prominent vocalist in the Gospel tradition will be featured.

A continental breakfast will be available. Suggested donation is $5.The community breakfast is sponsored by the Mimi & Diane Team of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, 49 The Great Road.

Bedford’s Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast to Address Challenging Issues of Racism