Remembering King's Summer at CT Tobacco Farm

By: JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN - Associated Press Writer
By: JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN - Associated Press Writer

Martin Luther King Jr. spent a summer as a teenager working on a tobacco farm in Connecticut, where he experienced a less segregated world than the one he knew in the South.

Students at Simsbury High School have produced a documentary about the summer of 1944 when King and fellow students from Morehouse College in Atlanta worked and lived on the farm, earning college money.

King wrote to his parents about attending church with white people and going to a fine restaurant in Hartford.

He says he was influenced to become a minister and that the experience heightened his resentment of segregation.

The slain civil rights leader's birthday is observed Monday as a federal holiday.

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