On Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11:00A.M. the Connecticut Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will hold its twenty-ninth annual National Liberty Bell Ringing Celebration to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King. Jr. Welcome remarks will be offered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commissioner’s Chairman, James O. Williams and Cheryl A. Sharp, Deputy Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Gospel music selections will be presented by Union Baptist Church Choir along with North End Senior Harmonizers of Hartford. An enactment of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” will be presented by Standing Up For The Dream (SUFTD). Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman will deliver the keynote address. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will present awards to three outstanding Connecticut citizens in three different areas of service. Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean an Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University will receive the Leadership Award, Wendy Samberg a Director at Gateway Community College will receive the Community Service Award and Dr. Gary Rhule, author of Sailing On Broken Pieces will receive the Humanitarian Award. A benediction by Pastor John Lewis of the Christian Community Commission in New Haven will conclude the ceremonies. Children of the Sun World Drum Percussion and Music Ensemble from Greater New Haven will perform after the ceremony.
During the national holiday celebration, governors of states across the nation ring replicas of the Liberty Bell in honor of Dr. King’s birthday. Daryl A. Hugley, a Commissioner of the MLK Commission, will preside over the twenty-ninth annual tribute at the Capitol. Members of congress, constitutional officers and community leaders of Connecticut will join in and pay homage to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration is free and open to the public.
The CT Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Established in 1986 to ensure that the Commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday is meaningful and reflective of the spirit with which he lived and the struggles for which he died, and to maintain a clearing house of programs and activities relating to the observance and promotion of the holiday in the state.