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Mon January 20, 2014

"Connecticut First" Recalls Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Time in Connecticut

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.
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Monday marks the official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. To honor the occasion, "Connecticut First" is airing a special edition of the weekday news segment with Eric Clemmons. Watch the segment below or catch it on CPTV on Monday at 6:56 pm. It tells the story of the two summers King spent in Simsbury picking tobacco while on college break.

Governor Dannel Malloy recalled King with a statement below, and provided the text of a proclamation to mark the day:

“I am proud to be the governor of a state that was one of the first to enact an official statewide observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday – 12 years before the date was recognized as a national holiday. Dr. King’s timeless message continues to touch the lives of so many contemporary Americans more than 40 years after his death, serving as an inspiration to all of us to undertake what Dr. King called a ‘new revolution of values based on love, compassion and justice.’ As we reflect on the life of this great man, I am committed to doing my part to honor and carry on Dr. King’s legacy and ask others to join me in working towards Dr. King’s vision of a society that guarantees equality, justice, and freedom for all.”

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