Stepping into the Shade: Tobacco’s Connection to Civil Rights

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    Eastern Connecticut State University

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    “Stepping into the Shade” (premiering Dec. 2023) will be a documentary series about the relationship between shade tobacco farming in CT and civil rights. Starting in the early 1900s the tobacco industry in CT brought in migrant labor from HBCU’s in the south and from the Caribbean. This influx of new workers diversified and changed the culture of CT, as well as influenced the civil rights movement, most famously as a result of the two summers Martin Luther King Jr. spent working CT tobacco.

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