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  • Online Digital Festival


    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice

    25th Annual Celebration

    Martin Luther King 25


    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See below for invitation from the Yale Peabody Museum open to the community :

    The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice has been reimagined and transformed into a digital festival experience. We'll be hosting a series of free, online programs with opportunities to engage in critical dialogue and enjoy storytelling, music, dance, and spoken word performances.

    For the past 24 years, our community has gathered each January to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy as a leader and visionary in the struggle for racial justice. Though we cannot be together in-person to mark this shared milestone, the Peabody and its partners are working together to create a virtual space where we can continue to connect, share our stories, and learn from one another.

     Presented by the Yale Peabody Museum and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and made possible with exclusive sponsorship from Citizens™.

    Thursday, January 14 5:30 pm



    Join founding members of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice as they welcome the community to this year’s virtual festival. These visionaries from the Peabody and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will offer a brief history of the event and kick things off with a discussion focused on climate justice, racial equity, arts in movement building, and Afrofuturism.

    This welcome and roundtable discussion marks 25 years of gathering to honor Dr. King, celebrate his legacy, and imagine new futures with local environmental and social justice leaders.

    Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    Birds in Your Backyard: A Collections Tour of Winter CT Birds

    Friday, January 15

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Curious about the winter birds you see outside your window? Join Kristof Zyskowski, Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager, and Thomas Parlapiano, Public Education Manager, to learn about the native bird species you can find in your backyard this season. These two experts will take you on a guided, behind-the-scenes tour through one of the country’s richest bird collections.

    Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    MLK Poetry Jam in Honor of Zanette Lewis

    Sunday, January 17

    6:00 pm

    • 6:00 pm Open Mic
    • 7:00 pm Tribute & Featured Poets
      • Taalam Acey
      • Roger Bonair Agard
      • Lyvonne Proverbs Briggs
      • Jessica Care Moore
      • Aaron Jafferis
      • Sunni Patterson

    Join us for a reimagined Open Mic and Poetry Jam celebrating Dr. King through verse and spoken word. Hosted by Ngoma Hill and Croilot Semexan, this year’s event will honor Zanette Lewis who planted the seeds from which this signature program has grown.

    The Open Mic will begin at 6pm and be followed by a tribute to Zanette Lewis featuring our hosts and a phenomenal line up of renowned poets, including Taalam Acey, Roger Bonair Agard, Lyvonne Proverbs Briggs, Jessica Care Moore, Aaron Jafferis, and Sunni Patterson.

    This event is appropriate for adults and young adults with discretion of a parent or guardian.

    Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    Family Programs hosted by the New Haven Museum

    Monday, January 18

    10:00 am - 1:00 pm


    Experience the enduring power of storytelling by participating in this annual tradition of honoring Dr. King through stories and song. Learn about and engage with his legacy through fables and a captivating program the whole family can enjoy. Featuring Clifton Graves (Chicken and the Eagle, The Creation), Joy Donaldson (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Word), and Waltrina Kirkland-Mullins. Dr. Robbie Thomas will also join us for a reading of her children’s book, Mommy, Why Am I Different?

    Register on EventBrite or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    Recollection Connections

    The Artsucation™ Academy Network presents an international celebration of the past, present, and future legacies of our social justice warriors while looking towards the future with our youth as we connect across Zoom borders and waters to unite for human rights for all during the pandemic and beyond. Featuring New Haven's Neighborhood Music School's Premiere Dance Company and Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, and the M'Bosse Dance Company of Senegal. Choreographed and directed by Ms. Hanan Hameen, Doctoral Candidate.

    Register on EventBrite or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    Social Injustices: Black Librarians as Change Agents

    11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, join us for a conversation about Dr. King’s legacy and the role of Black librarians in fighting social injustice.

    Watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

    *Live Captioning (English) Available



    A Youth Roundtable: The Future of Organizing Work

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Join local youth organizers for a roundtable discussion curated and hosted by Students for Educational Justice. Listen to a conversation, moderated by Benie N’sumbu, between local youth leaders organizing for social justice. Hear their reflections on Dr. King’s legacy and their thoughts on the future of organizing. There will be break-out sessions following the discussion open to young adults only. Featuring Adrian Huq, Sebastian Ward, Jamila, Mellody Massaquoi, and Julie Hajducky. Pre-registration is required.

    Register on Zoom (Pre-registration required)

    *Live Captioning (English) Available