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Martin Luther King in Connecticut

In the Summer of 1944, He Worked in CT's Tobacco Fields


Martin Luther King Jr. listens at a meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization he formed after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott. — Image by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS

After a long summer of frequent violence and riots attending protests and after the recent horrific assault on the Capitol, it is especially meaningful to remember that non-violence was the bedrock of Martin Luther King’s activism.

Remembrance is enriched by discovery of new previously unknown dimensions of the person or event. King spent college summers in Connecticut working on tobacco farms. It was the first time he ventured outside the Jim Crow South. He said it was an eye-opening experience.

Marvelously, high school students and teachers in Simsbury have just completed a years-long project to memorialize King’s time in Connecticut. The CT Hearst newspapers have a wonderful article by Robert Marchant describing King’s summers in the Nutmeg state and the Simsbury high school project.

Click here to read the article.

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