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Larson Welcomes Black Caucus To Hartford

HARTFORD — Congressman John Larson on Thursday welcomed members of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying they will on Friday morning “make history.”

Larson (D-1st District) invited members of the Black Caucus to join in the celebration of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 200th birthday.

He co-hosted a reception at the Artist Collective Thursday night for CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver Jr. (D-MO), Reps. Corrine Brown (D-FL), William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO), Hank Johnson (D-GA in photo conferring with his wife and Larson), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and Laura Richardson (D-CA).

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, CBC members will participate at a town hall meeting in the Bushnell Theater, Call to Action: A Conversation on Race and Social Justice. They are expected to discuss ways to address the academic achievement gap, racism and social justice.

Cleaver, Jr., who has been to Hartford before for a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, said he was in town to help celebrate Stowe’s birthday.

“You don’t go to people’s house and tell them they need to vacuum their carpet,” he said when asked about Connecticut’s achievement gap, the widest in the nation.

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