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November 6, 2011

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The town’s Human Rights Committee is cohosting a panel discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. today in Carey Hall about civil rights and issues the community faced during the 1960s and 1970s. The program will feature a panel of speakers who lived through the tumultuous era, including Alan D. Booth, a graduate of Lexington High School who was a member of the first Metco class. The state program was started in 1966, and brought students from Boston’s minority neighborhoods to suburban school districts in an effort to improve diversity. The panel also includes Edgar Smith, a former chairman of the Lexington Civil Rights Committee; the Rev. Landon Lindsey, a civic activist and member of the Lexington Civil Rights Committee; and Gordon Martin Jr., a former member of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. University of Massachusetts Boston professor Bernard Harleston will moderate the event, which is being cohosted by the Lexington Historical Society. - Brock Parker