Saturday, February 4, 2023

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, February 18, 2023

Hosted by Godfrey Memorial Library

On Saturday, February 18, we will welcome Paul O'Pecko, Director of the Collections and Resources Center at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Mystic Seaport is well-known to most Nutmeggers and is one of the premier maritime museums in the country (maybe even the world?). Paul will talk about the types of resources available and how to go about searching for information about ancestors who spent all or part of their lives on the water.

The Zoom presentation will take place at 1:30 pm (EST).

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email: zoomregistration@godfrey.org

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) and send to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, February 17.


 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 15, 2023

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE REVEREND, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. THAT STILL RESONATES TODAY?

 



What Is one Characteristic Of The Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That Still Resonates Today?



Response By Ms. Anita Ford-Saunders, President Of The Middlesex County NAACP.


"What I admired most about Dr. King was his courage and integrity. Discouragement comes in many forms and can stop or delay the work we must do to achieve equity. Dr. King had the courage to keep going, pushing, and did so with honor. We cannot stand by, nor be silenced by fear especially now. White separatists show up in different ways and are working overtime to dismantle the vision Dr. King had of all men/women becoming equal. We cannot let anyone pull apart our peace or our purpose.

 

I have the opportunity, as the new president of the Middlesex County NAACP, to act as a catalyst, reach out to allies, and help build a community that is equitable for those whose voices may not be heard."




The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will be presenting the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, on January 16, 2023 at 12 p.m. for a virtual service in honor of Dr. King. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dawn Brooks, Interim Principal/Assistant Principal at Middletown High School. She was the 2022 Honoree for the 100 Women of Color. To join the virtual service please go to Zoom ID:https://tinyurl.com/middletownMLKbday

 




Enjoy The Video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6STL238trUY

 






Saturday, January 14, 2023

37TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN HONOR OF THE REVEREND, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.-JANUARY 16, 2023.

 





The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown Will Be Presenting The 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, On January 16, 2023 At 12 p.m. For A Virtual Service In Honor Of Dr. King.  

 

Who was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why do we honor him with a national holiday? 

 

Dr. King was a civil rights leader who championed equal rights for all and that “All men are created equal,” according to the article “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” from the Department of Defense Education Activity(https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/MLK.cfm) website. He began his quest for civil rights in 1955 with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and continued his path for social justice during the turbulent 1960’s until he was assassinated in 1968 according to the article “Martin Luther King, Jr.” from U.S. History.org.

 

Two words that could describe who Dr. King was “equality and nonviolence” according to U.S. History.org. Why? He was a proponent of nonviolent means to overcome the racial discrimination and injustices of the time. Dr. King “created change with organized Sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality,” according to the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” article from the Dodea.edu website.


Dr. King created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference whose purpose was the “advancement of rights for African Americans,” from U.S. History.org. In April 1963 he planned a protest in Birmingham, Alabama because according to Dr. King this was “the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States" during this time period. He organized peaceful protests against the racial injustices there. Dr. King was jailed numerous times in Birmingham for his peaceful protests against the racial discrimination towards African Americans according to History.com

On August 28, 1963 the Reverend Dr. King organized the “March on Washington” which ended at the Lincoln Memorial. The goal of this march was for “Jobs and Freedom… to shed light on the injustices African Americans continued to face across the country according to the History.com website article “Martin Luther King Jr.” This peaceful demonstration attracted approximately 200,000-300,000 people and is considered a milestone in the “American civil rights movement and a factor in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” according to the same article. Also, the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The March on Washington was where Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” I

 



In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on combatting racial discrimination and was the youngest person ever to receive this award according the Dodea.edu website article “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.”

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of Dr. King. It was first celebrated in 1986 and it is observed on the third Monday of January annually according to History.com’s article “Martin Luther King, Jr.”


This year will mark the 28th anniversary of the National Day of Service in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. according to the Dodea.edu website.  It states, “This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. ¨ It also noted that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday should be a “Day On, Not A Day Off.”

What is one characteristic of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that still resonates today? Ms. Anita Ford- Saunders, the President of the Middlesex County NAACP, stated “What I admired most about Dr. King was his courage and integrity. Discouragement comes in many forms and can stop or delay the work we must do to achieve equity.”


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee of Greater Middletown will be presenting the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, on January 16, 2023 at 12 p.m. for a virtual service in honor of Dr. King.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dawn Brooks, Interim Principal/Assistant Principal at Middletown High School.  She was the 2022 Honoree for the 100 Women of Color.  To join the virtual service please go to  https://tinyurl.com/middletownMLKbday



According to the President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee Ms. Britany Hardy who stated in 2022, "This program is our key fundraiser in honoring Dr. King’s dream for equality and his articulated stance on education. It also allows us to provide financial support to upcoming high school graduates continuing on to higher education".  Hardy further stated, "We as a community have an opportunity to support and help our youth become positive, productive members of society, who in return will give back and help to educate and support others."   The MLK, Jr. Scholarship Committee is asking residents to make a contribution to this fund.  People may mail their donations to P.O. Box 282, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.  For more information, please email  

mlkscholarship@yahoo.com.  

 

For more information about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. please see the following websites:

 

https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/MLK.cfm
https://www.ushistory.org/US/54f.asp
https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr
https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/march-on-washington
https://www.history.com/news/kings-letter-from-birmingham-jail-50-years-later

 

Enjoy the videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs&list=RDsmEqnnklfYs

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-embrace-a-monument-to-love/#x


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMYbd2ZhhjE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJM2gKiVgHw

 


 


 

 





Sunday, January 8, 2023

ZOOM Genealogy Club - Saturday, January 21, 2023

 

 Ari Wilkins

Ari Wilkins of Dallas, Texas, will be doing a presentation on Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research.

For many, researching before 1870 is a hurdle in African American research. Learn about sources and strategies to trace ancestors back into the Antebellum Era.

Ari is a graduate of Louisiana State University and works at the Dallas Public Library.  She speaks nationally on a variety of genealogy topics.  Godfrey Library Director Carol Ansel was fortunate to hear her in person at the National Genealogical Society conference in Sacramento last year, and she knows you'll enjoy this presentation.

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email: zoomregistration@godfrey.org

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) and send to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, January 20.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Middletown State Rep. Quentin "Q" Williams killed in wrong-way crash on Rt 9

One of Middletown's bright lights has been extinguished. State Rep. Quentin Williams (formerly Phipps) was killed when his car was struck by a wrong-way driver as he returned from Gov. Lamont's Inaugural Ball. Williams and the wrong-way driver, Kimede Mustafaj of Manchester, were both pronounced dead on the scene. 

https://www.fox61.com/article/news/local/middlesex-county/cromwell/wrong-way-crash-investigation-cromwell-route-9-connecticut/520-92dbf19a-8bc5-4fc1-a1fc-0ef3aa57384b

Per State Senator Matt Lesser, there will be a vigil for Quentin Williams Friday night on the South Green. 


Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy New Year! Welcome In 2023 With Open Arms!


 

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY-JANUARY 1, 2023!

Happy New Year-January 1, 2023. 

How did the New Year's Day holiday come about? Four thousand years ago in ancient Babylon they began the New Year in March to coincide with the beginning of Spring or the Vernal Equinox following the first full moon after Spring's arrival. They celebrated the New Year with a Religious event called "Akitu" that lasted for eleven days which "involved a different ritual on each of its 11 days" according to History.com's article "New Year's." 



It wasn't until Julius Caesar reign during the Roman Empire that he updated the early Roman calendar of ten months and 304 days. In 46 B.C., Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar "by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time," according to History.com. This Julian Calendar "closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today," from History.com. Julius Caesar began the New Year as January 1st "to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties," according to History.com.


Christian leaders in Medieval Europe changed the date of the New Year from January 1st to dates that had more religious value such as December 25th-Jesus Christ birth and March 25th-the Feast of the Annunciation. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII returned New Year's Day to January 1st of each year according to the History.com article "New Year's."



For more information about how the New Year's Day holiday began please see the following website

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years


Wishing Everyone A Happy and Healthy 2023! Happy New Year! 





Enjoy the videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_mGV3_rBIQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvXpkH-gl3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5fBY3a5Q0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLk9pzmaFHY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9JLbxgMyhg&pbjreload=101