Performance Artist Regie Gibson and METCO Parents on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program

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Monday’s virtual Bedford Martin Luther King Jr. Day event promises to be energizing, gratifying, and thought-provoking.

The celebration, presented every year by Bedford Embraces Diversity, begins at 9:30 a.m.

To obtain the Zoom link for the program, email

A unique artistic presentation will open the proceedings. Regie Gibson of Lexington, a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator, will deliver a uniquely worded and delivered dramatic poem, “Democracy and Citizenship: A New Narrative.”

“I chose this piece because given both the attack on our nation’s Capitol around this time last year and the erosion of hard-fought-for voting rights which King and so many others sacrificed for,” Gibson says in his introduction.

“I think we, in our time, need to recommit ourselves to this struggle to make true democracy more than an abstract noun, but an active verb.”

A native of Chicago, Gibson won the National Poetry Slam in 1998. He holds a master of fine arts degree in poetry from New England College and continues to facilitate creative writing workshops, performances, and literary curricula for high schools and colleges across the United States.

The content, cadence, and passion of his presentation Monday will engender a range of emotions and remind some listeners of the inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.

Also, Akil Mondesir, METCO director and diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator for the Bedford schools, has assembled a panel of current and former METCO parents who represent a range of student ages and experiences.

Bedford Embraces Diversity and the Bedford schools’ Parents Diversity Council prepared a number of questions, designed to engender responses on the strengths of the program in Bedford and what could be improved, as well as ways local residents can learn from their fellow students and families from Boston.

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