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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Windsor Locks, East Windsor and the Area

Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate?

Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

If you's like to attend a local celebration in King's honor, please give these events some consideration:

For more information on events scheduled throughout the state read this post from the Hartford Courant.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

TELL US: What does MLK Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.

H Stanley Jones January 21, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I was a 16 year old that summer and went to Washington DC by train with a large contingent from the greater Hartford area. I carried a placard (can't remember what it said) and marched on Washington with an estimated 150 - 200,000 people. I remember standing along the long pond at the Lincoln Memorial awaiting the speakers of the day. Earlier in my life (age 12) I had the good fortune to travel by car across America to California withy parents, sister, and grandmother. I received special permission from the superintendent of schools to miss the month of February 1959 of my 6th grade class. I experienced first hand discrimination in Oklahoma when a restaurant refused to serve us because of our race. That moment was forever etched into my young mind. As Dr. King started his now famous speech - the words came forth with powerful meaning and an incredible cadence! It really resonated with me as I looked back on my experience in that Oklahoma restaurant. I HAVE A DREAM! I looked at life differently from that day forward, thinking I could be whatever I wanted to be in life. And I've gone on to achieve dreams that I dared to dream. Thank you Dr. King. I'll celebrate with my 5 grandchildren tomorrow by taking them out to lunch. They think it's pretty amazing that I was a part of that historical moment. I do too. Thank you. Stan Jones
Megan Bard January 21, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Mr. Jones, Thank you so much for sharing. I can only image how moving the experience must have been. My children are just 5 and 7, but since they were born I have read segments of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech to them on the holiday. They may not fully listened or even understood the words, but I felt it was important to share. This year, with my daughter now in second grade, I think it will be an even more wonderful experience. She's already been talking about the speech after having been learning about Dr. King in school. Have a wonderful lunch, Megan

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