Connecticut Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

January 20, 2014, State Capitol, Hartford, CT
Picture of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Living the Dream: Let Freedom Ring"
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.  The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others."


James Williams


Appointed by the Governor, James Williams, Manchester; Diane Paige' Blondet, Bloomfield; Donna Campbell, Bloomfield; Darryl A. Hugley, New Haven; Dianne Jones, Hartford; Diane Lucas, Glastonbury; Benjamin F. Rhodes, Jr., Waterbury, two vacancies.

Appointed by the Pres. Pro Tempore of the Senate, Carol Anderson, West Hartford; vacancy. Appointed by the Senate Minority Leader, Regina V. Roundtree, Farmington; Sweets S. Wilson, Hartford. Appointed by the Speaker of the House, two vacancies. Appointed by the House Minority Leader, two vacancies.


Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT  06106
(860) 541-3400


Sec. 10-29b. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. (a) There is established a Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, consisting of nineteen members. The initial appointees shall include all members of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission established by Executive Order No. Fifteen of Governor William A. O'Neill. The terms of the initial appointees shall expire on February 28, 1991. On or before March 1, 1991, the Governor shall appoint members of the commission as follows: Ten members shall serve for terms of four years from said March first and one member shall serve for a term of two years from said March first. On or before March 1, 1991, eight members shall be appointed for terms of two years from said March first, two of whom shall be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, two by the minority leader of the Senate, two by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. Thereafter all members shall serve for terms of four years from March first in the year of their appointment. The Governor shall designate one of the members appointed by him to be chairperson of the commission, and the commission shall elect one member to be vice-chairperson. Any person absent from (1) three consecutive meetings of the commission or (2) fifty per cent of such meetings during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the commission, effective immediately. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled by the appointing authority. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall, within the limits of available funds, be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties. The commission shall meet as often as deemed necessary by the chairperson or a majority of the commission.

      (b) The commission shall: (1) Ensure that the commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the state is meaningful and reflective of the spirit with which he lived and the struggles for which he died, (2) maintain a clearinghouse of programs and activities relating to the observance and promotion of such birthday in the state, (3) cooperate with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, community organizations and municipalities in the state, (4) develop and implement programs and activities for the state as it deems appropriate and (5) not later than September first, annually, submit to the Governor a report on its findings, conclusions, proposals and recommendations for the observance of such birthday in the following January.

      (c) The commission may use such funds as may be available from federal, state or other sources and may enter into contracts to carry out the purposes of this section.

      (d) The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities shall serve as secretariat and consultant to the commission.