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Ed Gomes


Events Honoring the Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1961 and 1964, thousands of Connecticut residents gathered at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport to listen to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who brought hope and healing to millions of Americas as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Monday, January 15, we continue to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in honor of his life and legacy, and commemorate the timeless values taught through his example: service to the community, courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, and humility.

Since first observed as a national holiday in 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in many different ways in communities throughout our country. Here in Bridgeport, you can honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by attending one of the following community events:

Bridgeport Has a Dream
Support Connect US for their "Bridgeport Has a Dream" event, featuring letters, poems, raps and songs presented in honor of Dr. King by city youth. This free event will be held at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave. on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

UB's MLK Day of Service
The University of Bridgeport is hosting their annual Day of Service in honor of Dr. King on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteer check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center.

Discovery Museum MLK Celebration
The Discovery Museum's yearly celebration in honor of Doctor King brings STEM learning fun to children and families in the Bridgeport community and beyond. Visit the museum on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., located at 4450 Park Ave. in Bridgeport.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950's until his death by assassination in 1968. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.

Re-Funding the Medicare Savings Program

Responding to the wishes of all the senior citizens who called or e-mailed me, I voted this week to restore $54.5 million in state funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), a state-subsidized program that helps poor elderly and disabled residents pay for their monthly Medicare Part B premiums and save on their Medicare Part D prescription drug costs.

State officials estimated that as many as 113,000 Connecticut residents could have been impacted by the MSP cuts that were included in the bipartisan budget which passed the General Assembly late last year.

MSP Restored

The legislation we passed secures the MSP funding through June 30.

In 2010, the Connecticut legislature vastly expanded access to the MSP, and we now have perhaps the most generous MSP plan in America. Connecticut's monthly income limits for the program are about twice the national average, and Connecticut imposes no asset test on MSP recipients, unlike most other states.

I am proud to support our seniors and provide them with increased financial security to help them remain in their homes and continue to support the local economy.