Greenwich Republican Tom Foley and civil rights activist R. Alveda King will be speaking Saturday morning at Yale University in New Haven.
King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, is coming to town at the invitation of the Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives. After her speech at Yale, she will keynote the \”Women of Fire\’\’ awards dinner on Saturday night at Anthony\’s Ocean View restaurant, which overlooks Morris Cove in New Haven. One of the honorees at the dinner will be Patricia Longo, a longtime Wilton resident who serves on the Republican National Committee.
The Yale event Saturday is known as “Conversation on Civil Rights… Then and Now.”
Dr. King is a former college professor, author, legislator, and conservative who won the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award and also the Civil Rights Award from the Congress of Racial Equality.
“Dr. King is a black Republican and a civil rights activist.” said Regina Roundtree, the founder of Connecticut Black Republicans & Conservatives. “Her presence in Connecticut as “Black History Month” ends and “Women’s Month” begins, is a statement by the Connecticut Republican Party that it’s serious about rebranding its image.”
Foley is running for the Republican nomination for governor against Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, and former West Hartford town council member Joe Visconti. Sen. Toni Boucher is exploring a race for governor, but has stressed that she has established a committee for an unspecified statewide office. Some insiders believe she will eventually run for lieutenant governor.
Foley was asked to speak at the Yale event because of his outreach to the cities, his spokesman said. Foley had announced his exploratory committee in Bridgeport and his full committee in Waterbury.