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We're organizing sponsors for the 2017 festival. Scroll down to see the 2016 sponsors!!!

We're organizing sponsors for the 2017 festival. Scroll down to see the 2016 sponsors!!!

 

Active Bystander Training 5/21/17

When: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Where: Town Center Union School Room
Who: Alisa Chapman, MCC Director of Compliance & Title 1X Coordinator
Time: 11:30 a.m. light lunch - 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. program
Cost: Free but space limited - first come, first served
RSVP to youthandfamily@bedfordma.gov by May 15th.

Sponsored by Violence Prevention Coalition of Bedford, Middlesex Community College, Hanscom Air Force Base in conjunction with Bedford Embraces Diversity. Catering provided by Brightview Concord River.

Celebrating MLK's Vision Together: Bedford community breakfast 1/16/17

Bedford Embraced Diversity is sponsoring its first community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast on Monday morning, January 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the First Baptist Church's Connections hall, 153 Concord Road. The public event, entitled “Celebrating MLK’s Vision Together,” will feature breakfast, thoughts, and music, to bring unity to the Bedford community.

Remarks from a variety of speakers on Dr. King’s principles and values, and how they continue to apply to society today. Speakers include Kyle Draper (Bedford resident & sports personality), Reginald Nichols (Assistant Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer at Middlesex Community College), Rachel Murphy (longtime Bedford resident who experienced Dr. King’s influence), Chief of Police Robert Bongiorno, First Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Dr. Scott Arnold, Dr. Mayada Najim, and more.

Prince Street Café will provide catering. Jalen Williams will perform original music and lead the group in song.

A nominal admission fee of $5 per person will be charged. For reservations, please email: bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com or call Marilou Barsam (781-271-9798) or Tricia Anderson (781-538-4690).

METCO 50th anniversary event/fundraiser December 11, 2016

Funding is needed for a permanent home for METCO, scholarships, and additional services for students. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metco-50th-anniversary-holiday-jazz-brunch-tickets-28319476316

Bedford Day, 2016

We asked residents for their ideas to educate the community about diversity.

Bedford Multicultural Festival: May 15, 2016

The festival was held at Bedford High School, from 12 to 4 PM. aNova Brazil, a percussion group that is part of Grooversity, kicked off the event with an upbeat, interactive parade of flags. Indoors, there were kids' activities, heritage & information tables, and multicultural music and dance performances. Hundreds of people had a blast!

Waking up White with Debby Irving. April 3, 2016 at 3 pm @ First Parish Bedford

A free event offered by our friends at First Parish.

Faces of Bedford 2016: Transcending African-American Stereotypes

6 February 2016: Bedford Embraces Diversity offered a free leadership workshop focused on recognizing acts of racism against African - Americans, and the best ways to respond to them. Training was provided by the International Student Advisor Ms. Maria McDuffie from Middlesex Community College and Peer Leaders from Bedford High School.

Bedford Day, 2015

We took photos of people who wanted to celebrate diversity.

The first Bedford Multicultural Festival was held on April 12, 2015

Our keynote speaker, Leon Rubinstein, recounted how he survived the Holocaust in Poland. The festival celebrated diversity and provided education through food, art, music and dance performances, crafts, information tables, a panel of experts on minorities, an interfaith discussion, and live storytelling: experiences Bedford residents had because of different backgrounds. Kids learned multicultural crafts, and children’s author, Sherry Cerino, gave a workshop for kids to learn to understand differences.

A huge “Thank you!” to our sponsors, grantors, supporters, attendees, and volunteers!

Diversity Quilt: Fall, 2014

Bedford Embraces Diversity led the Bedford community in creating a Diversity Quilt, starting on Bedford Day, 2014. The connected paper squares symbolize unity regardless of differences. The Bedford Free Public Library displayed the quilt.

Photo credits:

S. Gevorkian, N. Jolly, E. McCormack, C. Pinney, J. Rushanan

 

Bedford Embraces Diversity is supported, in part, by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.