The holiday special will air Monday, January 20 at 6:56 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) recently premiered Connecticut First, a new television news segment highlighting the most important stories of the day and featuring journalism from the award-winning WNPR news team. On Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day, Connecticut First will air a special holiday edition that explores the civil rights leader’s relationship to Connecticut.
Featuring guest host Eric Clemons – who will be sitting in for Connecticut First host Teri McCready– this segment will focus on the time that Martin Luther King, Jr., spent in the Connecticut town of Simsbury as a young man. Specifically, during the summers of 1944 and 1947, King labored on a Simsbury tobacco farm to help pay for college.
As Eric Clemons explains, the summers King spent in Connecticut were particularly significant because they showed King what it was like to live outside of the segregated South. Clemons even speaks with Simsbury High School students who have made a documentary about King’s time in Connecticut.
Connecticut First’s Martin Luther King Day edition airs January 20 at 6:56 p.m. Connecticut First airs weeknights at 6:56 p.m. following PBS’ Nightly Business Report and preceding PBS NewsHour.
Connecticut First is sponsored by Companions & Homemakers.