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On MLK Jr. Day, a look in Connecticut at challenges ahead

Connecticut's replica of the Liberty Bell rang three times at noon to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

A suburban pastor recalled Monday how Connecticut was the place where a teenaged Martin Luther King Jr. first escaped the Jim Crow laws of the racially divided South, a bittersweet experience that would profoundly shape King’s view of racial injustice in America. And a gay, white adoptive father of three black sons spoke of living a “transcultural life.” It was all in observance of the 30th Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Continue Reading →

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Hartford police begin New Year with old civil rights problem

Graduates of a Hartford Police Department Academy class in 2012.

It was the late 1960s and many American cities were ablaze with racial tensions involving police that often resulted in rioting and violence. Hartford was no exception. The result was a lawsuit and a legal agreement for the city to make a number of changes, including hiring more minority police officers. But after more than 40 years, the police force is still bound by the agreement and struggling to more closely mirror its community. Continue Reading →

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