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Connecticut Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day For The First Time

For the past few years, I’ve dreamed small. My small dream was  to convince the Connecticut General Assembly to amend a statute honoring a man who dreamed big.

Last year, Connecticut General Statute Chapter 2 Section 1-4  read “the first Monday occurring on or after January 15th as ‘Martin Luther King Day.’”

The Federal Holiday is the “Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.” U.S. Code Section 6103(a).

For three years, I argued on this blog that the legislature should amend Connecticut General Statute 1-4 to read “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”.  I went as far as submitting testimony to the General Assembly.

On June 12, 2012, in special session the General Assembly made exactly that change when it enacted Sp.Sess., P.A. 12-2, § 30.

Today for the first time that Connecticut is celebrating “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”.

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Connecticut Does Not Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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In 2012, the Legislature will confront all sorts of big problems facing the State. This is Connecticut’s smallest “problem”. The good news is that fixing it is easy.

I write this post almost every year. In 2011, at least two bills were introduced in the General Assembly to change “Martin Luther King Day” to “Martin Luther King Jr. Day”. You can read more on this by clicking here.

I am probably one of the only people in the State to submit testimony on a technical revision bill in the General Assembly. When the gavel closed on the 2011 Legislative Session neither bill passed the General Assembly.

Connecticut General Statute Section 1-4 designates the first Monday occurring on or after January 15th as “Martin Luther King Day.”

The legislature intended to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and not his father Martin Luther King, Sr.

The Federal Holiday is the “Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.” U.S. Code Section 6103(a).

In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly should honor Martin Luther King Jr. by amending Conn. Gen. Sec. 1-4 to read “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.”