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Monday, January 20, 2014

Carrying on the Sugarman WHS MLK Jr. Talk

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Westporter Gloria Sugarman today told a group of visitors to a Westport Historical Society Martin Luther King Jr. workshop about her late husband Tracy Sugarman’s role in the freedom movement of 1964. “Tracy said that it was scarier in Mississippi in 1964 than it was at Normandy on D-Day,” she said. “He said there was no police protection in Mississippi and at least they had planes flying overhead at Normandy.” Sugarman, renowned author and illustrator, Navy veteran and civil rights activist, used to address these WHS workshops before his death a year ago at age 91. (See WestportNow Jan. 21, 2013) He said Martin Luther King Jr. “changed my life” when he came to Westport in 1964 to speak at Temple Israel and that meeting led him to be among Westporters and other volunteers who later went to the South to support King and help blacks in their nonviolent fight for their rights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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