Church to celebrate MLK with Simsbury High

Summers of Freedom: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. In Connecticutis a documentary production of Simsbury High School student John Conard-Malley, Nicole Byer, and other classmates.

Conard-Malley, a life-long parishioner at Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomfield, will present the 15 minute film on Feb. 27 at 11.30 a.m. He will also speak about the project’s research, filming, and reception by the governor and many others in Connecticut during the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

The film features the findings of students from Simsbury High School that document Martin Luther King, Jr.’s time in Simsbury during the summers of 1944 and 1947. Their research indicates that his experience in Connecticut strongly influenced his decision to become a minister.

The research by Conard-Malley, Byer and other classmates, not only added another chapter to the Martin Luther King, Jr. story but it had never been told in this manner before. Their documentary was so sensational that they became instant, national news celebrities, being courted by newspapers, radio and even the Evening News with Katie Couric.

The event is open to the public at no cost. Please join the Old St. Andrew’s community in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. while also paying tribute to a group of teens who told this fascinating story.

For more information, contact Patricia Ann Penney (860-745-2718), Public Relations coordinator for the church or The Rev’d Puck Purnell (860-508-1898). Old St. Andrew’s is located at 59 Tariffville Road in Bloomfield. For directions, please visit:




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