A Connecticut clergyman who was jailed twice in the early 1960s will speak about “Memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the 20th annual community observance of Dr. King’s birthday on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p. m., at the First Baptist Church, 581 Meriden Ave.
N’Zinga’s Daughters will also be performing and prizes will be awarded to middle school students who exemplify Dr. King’s values.
In August 1962 the Rev. Ralph Lord Roy, a United Methodist minister, led a ‘prayer pilgrimage’ to Albany, Georgia, at the request of Dr. King. This resulted in the largest simultaneous incarceration of clergy in American history. During the previous year, in June 1961, Rev. Roy had been jailed as a Freedom Rider in Tallahassee, Fla.
Rev. Roy will recount his experiences in a talk marking Dr. King’s 87th birthday.
“At different times we were met by angry crowds, surrounded by members of the Ku Klux Klan, turned away at libraries, parks and even churches, and locked up with hostile cellmates,” he said. “The greatest privilege was becoming personally acquainted with Dr. King and discovering the man behind this courageous national leader, superb orator, fighter for justice, and apostle of reconciliation and peace.”
N’Zingas Daughters, a group of women from Central Connecticut, use poetry, stories and songs to reveal coded messages hidden within Negro spirituals and every day objects. Their mission is to educate through entertainment using music from the African Diaspora.