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The region honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rev. Dr. Barbara J. White, right, pastor of the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich, reaches over to hug Barron Williams, after he made a special reading during the Norwich Branch NAACP annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Rev. Dr. Barbara J. White, pastor of the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich, leads a prayer during the Norwich Branch NAACP annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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A participant in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march holds a "This is NOT a Parade" sign as the marchers gather at city hall before proceeding to Shiloh Baptist Church Monday, January 21, 2013.

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Valerie Williams give her son R.J., 8, a kiss on the forehead during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.

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Marchers proceed down Cottage St. for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march from city hall to Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.

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Bishop Benjamin Watts launches into a lecture aimed at New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.

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Zunilda Wright, center, of Norwich, a member of the Fasting Through Faith Ministries attends the Norwich Branch NAACP annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Ellen Brown, right, of Norwich, performs with fellow members of the Voices of Zion during the Norwich Branch NAACP annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Rev. Dr. Barbara J. White, pastor of the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich, participates in the Norwich Branch NAACP annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Evans Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Norwich Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Gloria Watts directs the Reunion Community Choir during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.

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Sister Zonilda Wright, of Fasting Through Faith Ministries, sings "Life Every Voice" during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.

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New London mayor Daryl Justin Finizio sits in the front row during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Shiloh Baptist Church in New London Monday, January 21, 2013.