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20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy Of Environmental + Social Justice (17+18)

  • Yale Peabody Museum 170 Whitney Avenue NEW HAVEN CT (map)

The Yale Peabody Museum will open its doors once again in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. The weekend's activities will include world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages.

“…if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 17, Noon to 4:00 pm

World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs)

  • 12:30: Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble
  • 2:00: Mariachi Emperadores de Puebla
  • 3:00: St. Luke’s Steele Band

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

  • 12:00–2:30: Teen Summit
  • 3:00-4:00: MLK Speaker - The Honorable Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven

Monday, January 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs)

  • 10:30: B.Surrey & Co. – R&B and Jazz
  • 12:00: Kouffin Kanecke Company – Traditional West African dance and drumming performance 
  • 1:00: Yale Jashan Bhangra – Traditional Punjabi dance performance
  • 1:30: Reelin’ Away - Celtic and Appalachian style dance tunes
  • 2:30: Michael Mills — Drumming performance and drum circle finale

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

  • 11:00–12:00: Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Community Poetry Open Mic — An opportunity for people of all ages to share their original poetry or rap and speak their minds on issues of justice and injustice. Pre-registration required.
  • 12:30–4:00: Annual Invitational Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Poetry Slam.

Invited Poetry Slam Participants: Jashua Sa-Ra, Gabriel Ramirez, Hongy, Jasmine Eaton, Neiel Israel, Nkosi Nkululeko, The Oracle, Paragraph, Roya Marsh, Safi, Sharmont "Influence" Little, Sincerity, Steven Willis, Tracy "Mind Evolution" Caldwell, Tarishi - M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T, Darren Arthur, Ashley August, Taylor Steele

Storytelling at The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue
Free Admission to the New Haven Museum from Noon to 4:00pm

  • 12:30: Joy Donaldson — “Martin Luther King Word and Song"
  • 1:30: Waltrina Kirkland Mullins — "We've Come a Long Way! - Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King" 
  • 2:30: Karen Johnson — “Giving Thanks for the Harvest”


Earlier Event: January 17
Ecstatic Dance: Sunday Dance Church
Later Event: January 17
Sunday Matinee: Big Fat Combo