King Day Event Speaker Seeks Path to ‘Embrace Our Beautiful Diversity’

Rev. Willie Bodrick will speak at Monday’s celebration.

The guest speaker at Monday morning’s community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day says he will speak about how King’s “voice and values can anchor us to build coalitions, from Bedford to Boston.”

The Rev. Willie Bodrick, pastor of Roxbury’s historic Twelfth Baptist Church, explains that those coalitions will “embrace our beautiful diversity and make Massachusetts a better commonwealth.”

Monday’s free program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Middlesex Community College Campus Center, 591 Springs Rd. Reservations are suggested by writing or calling 781-983-1763. Walk-ins also will be welcome. A continental breakfast will be available.

The program also will feature soloist Tenesha Scarlett, executive assistant to the Middlesex provost.

Rev. Bodrick plans to discuss “the importance of Dr. King’s legacy of justice and equity as we work to reimagine and reconstruct the ‘Beloved Community’ emerging from a global pandemic.”

The speaker, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Northeastern University School of Law, leads the church where Dr. King preached and worshiped while pursuing his theology degree at Boston University 70 years ago. He is also on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the attorney general’s Racial Justice and Equity Council.

There is a community service component to the day, and attendees are asked to bring a personal care item that can be donated to the college’s food pantry. Drop boxes have also been placed at Davis, Lane, and Bedford High Schools and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

There is also an Amazon wish list link to send donations directly to the MCC pantry office. Choose “Jonathan Crockett’s Gift Registry Address” to ship items to, the wishlist can be found here:

This is the seventh annual holiday observance, sponsored by Bedford Embraces Diversity. The organization was formed in 2014 in response to incidents of antisemitism and fosters the belief that inclusion and acceptance should be extended to all residents, regardless of race, religion, disability, lifestyle, gender orientation, military, or cultural status.

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