MLK Day Community Breakfast January 21st, 2019, 9.30 am. First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Great Road…..(click here)

Among the panelists will be Scott Jones, detective lieutenant with the Bedford Police Department, and Jason Harris, head basketball coach at the University if 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.

This community event is sponsored by the Mimi & Diane Team of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty and the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

RSVP to or 781-538-9640. $5 admission

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MLK Day Community Breakfast 2019

Bedford Embraces Diversity is excited to host its third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 9:30. The event will take place in Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

This community event is sponsored by the Mimi & Diane Team of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty and the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

Fourth Bedford Multicultural Festival on Bedford Day 2018

Bedford Embraces Diversity will hold the fourth annual Bedford Multicultural Festival on Bedford Day in September, 2018. For details, see our In The News page.

6th Annual St Patrick’s Day Irish Pancake Breakfast 

Support the Boy Scouts in Bedford

Sunday, March 18th from 8:00A to Noon – @ The American Legion, 357 Great Rd.  Multiple dozens of Troop 194 Bedford Boy Scouts have earned the Ad Altare Dei, Catholic Religious Award over the years. Pancakes will be served with sausage links, OJ or milk, bottomless cups O’Joe – Irish music, Leprechauns, games for children and Green Pancakes too, all for a great cause. $6 adults & $5 kids.

MLK Day Community Breakfast 2018

Bedford Embraces Diversity will host its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast beginning at 9:30 AM on Monday, January 15, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road. Last year’s breakfast sold out, so reservations are required, by emailing or calling 781-983-1763. 

Board members are excited about the event, which manifests the group’s mission of “increasing awareness and understanding of community diversity.”

The program features testimony from Bedford High School METCO alumni and live music by one of the region’s premier Gospel soloists, Jerome Kyles, a voice professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There also will be opportunities to take part in or listen to facilitated dialogue amongst the audience on meeting the challenges of understanding and appreciating Dr. King’s values and principles in today’s United States. 

Admission is $5, payable at the door. A light breakfast will be served. 

Active Bystander Training 10/23/17

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help... but didn’t? Do you want the tools to confront biased language and actions? This training is for you!

Free! But there’s limited space, so please register at:

Monday, October 23, 2017|  5:30 pm: Free pizza/drinks/conversation|  6:00–8:00 pm: Training program|  Town Center (yellow building), Flint Room.

Training will be led by Alisa M. Chapman, Director of Compliance and Title IX/ADA/504 Coordinator at Middlesex Community College. 

Presented by a partnership of Middlesex Community College, Bedford Violence Prevention Coalition, and Bedford Embraces Diversity. Pizza generously donated by: Flatbread Company.

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

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 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: 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:

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.