Services for Connie Wilson Collins Sunday evening….DTC Recognizes Members For Service…MLK Day Observances….

Services for Connie Wilson Collins Sunday, 1/27,  at Trinity On Main

Connie Wilson Collins in 2006 at the Democratic State Convention.

Connie Wilson Collins in 2006 at the Democratic State Convention.

A Homegoing Celebration for Connie Wilson Collins will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 7 p.m. from Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, with the Rev. Thomas A. Mills Jr., Pastor of McCullough Temple C.M.E. Church, presiding.  Relatives and friends may call at Trinity-on-Main Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Anna Warmsley Temple No. 1073 will hold a ritual at 6 p.m.   To extend condolences to the Collins family or to share a memory of Connie, please visit the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home website at shakerfuneralhome.com

Collins, 84, the first African-American elected to the Common Council,  labor activist (UE), co-founder of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and longtime DTC member, died on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday after Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term.

New Britain Democrats extend condolences to Alderwoman Tonilynn Collins, the Collins family and  Connie’s lifelong friend and fellow DTC member, State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce.

DTC Members Recognized At 2nd Inauguration Party

Town Committee members were recognized at the 2nd Inauguration Party held on Jan. 22 at the Whinstone Tavern, Stanley Golf Course.  Receiving the Distinguished Service Award was  Wilfredo “Willie” Justiniano. Willie is a longtime DTC member, election moderator and volunteer who has contributed his time and energy on every Democratic campaign over the last 12 years.  Also recognized  for registering new voters in canvasses of neighborhoods in 2012 were  Isabelita Cancel, Francisco Cuin, Mario Santos, Gladys Navedo, Vicky Ramos  and the NAACP’s Ron Davis . The DTC presented a contribution of $500 to the Kay B. Davis Scholarship Fund as part of the program.

Legislators and officials congratulations DTC award recipients on Jan. 22nd. From left State Rep. Peter Tercyak, State Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez, Isabelita Cancel, Willie Justiniano, Vicky Ramos, Registrar Juan Verdu, Marion Santos and Francisco Cuin.

Legislators and officials congratulate DTC award recipients on Jan. 22nd. From left State Rep. Peter Tercyak, State Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez, Isabelita Cancel, Willie Justiniano, Vicky Ramos, Registrar Juan Verdu, Marion Santos and Francisco Cuin.

MLK Day Commemoration in New Britain

Police Chief James Wardwell (center) keynoted breakfast sponsored by Human Rights & Opportunities Commission

Police Chief James Wardwell (center) keynoted breakfast sponsored by Human Rights & Opportunities Commission

Commemoration participants and Mayor O'Brien at Martin Luther King park

Commemoration participants and Mayor O’Brien at Martin Luther King park

Student Khalil Bradley recites his poem in tribute to the Rev. King at MLK Park.

Student Khalil Bradley recites his poem in tribute to the Rev. King at MLK Park.

From left Registrar of Voters Juan Verdu, Mayor Tim O'Brien and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) at the MLK breakfast.

From left Registrar of Voters Juan Verdu, Mayor Tim O’Brien and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) at the MLK breakfast.

 

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“I’ve seen levels of compliance with the civil rights bill and changes that have been most surprising, So, on the basis of this, I think we may be able to get a Negro president in less than 40 years. I would think that this could come in 25 years or less.”

– the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a BBC television interview, December 1964, 44 years before Barack Obama was elected President in 2008.

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