by Jasmine Brianna Ellison
In November 2018, meteorologists in the state predicted the coldest Thanksgiving in the Northeast in recorded history. Hartford, Conn. weather archives highlight Thanksgiving temperatures in 1989, 1972, and 2002 with minimums as low as 20°.
Forecasts prepared residents for a bitterly cold holiday in the 5th District of Connecticut. A heavy Canadian high-pressure system dropped down over New England sending temperatures from the forties early in the week into the twenties by Thanksgiving 2018.
The entire Northeast was blanketed by a frigid air on Thanksgiving Day. Wind chill values ranging from -5 to -15 throughout the state. Temperatures were recorded at 22° dropping as low as 14°. This gave Hartford a daily average temperature at 18°, triumphing the 1905 record.
1. https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/hartford-ct/06106/month/327356?monyr=11/01/2018. AccuWeather.
If you have ever shopped at the Wal-Mart located in Wallingford, Conn., you may have witnessed a bus drop off the students of Choate Rosemary Hall. The naïve teens flood the aisles in the supermarket with their ready for the world attitudes and parade around the store with their perceived freedom as ‘adults.’ The students from the fancy busses are applicants from sister boarding schools all over the world.
However, Choate Rosemary Hall actually has an impressive list of American figures who have attended the school.
The success Martin Luther King, Jr accomplished in the Civil Rights movement is notorious. However, the events leading up to his reign as speaker of the people, for example, his short yet meaningful time in Connecticut, has evaded many history books.
1. The Nation of Islam Organizes in Hartford
The time Malcom X spent in Connecticut in regard to the Nation of Islam (NOI) began as a humble favor. Malcom had established a house of worship in Springfield, Mass. and a Hartford, Conn. native traveled to hear him speak. She was moved by his words and invited him to speak in the city of Hartford.
In the summer of 1955 domestic workers—maids, cooks, and chauffeurs—gathered in a small apartment in a Hartford, Conn. public housing project. Without a glamorous stage, dazzling cameras, or hounding reporters- his words alone were enough to incite the group.
The Hartford NOI was inspired to grow their number and soon assembled 40 people. By 1956, Malcolm X founded Temple No. 14 in the city’s north end at 2118 Main Street.
He returned to Hartford at least twice in January 1957. The FBI tracked and recorded his movements even in Connecticut courtesy of their local office in New Haven.
The Temple 14 soon moved to 1097 Main Street. In August 1959, Malcolm returned to the new location and spoke again:
“We do not advocate violence but we do not turn the other cheek either,” he told his listeners. “When you kill a snake that is not hate. You are merely protecting yourself.” The next month he narrated a home movie about his first trip to Africa for the Hartford temple members.
All during this period police and federal agents tailed Malcolm, and Malcolm knew it. In answer to a question about the Vietnam draft, the controversial leader replied that he would not tell anyone to become a conscientious objector because he knew the government was listening. He would, however, personally refuse to be drafted.