Online Digital Festival

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

25th Annual Celebration

25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice


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 EST

Welcome and Opening Reflections

Join stewards and early supporters 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 will offer a brief history of the event and their reflections on its impact.
This welcome marks 25 years of gathering together to honor Dr. King, celebrate his legacy, and imagine new futures with local environmental and social justice leaders. The program will also feature a spoken word performance presented by The Key Bookstore.

Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
*Live Captioning (English) Available


Friday, January 15

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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

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.  Special thanks to the Yale Working Women's Network for inspiring this program.

Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
*Live Captioning (English) Available


Sunday, January 17

6:00 pm EST

MLK Poetry Jam in Honor of Zannette Lewis

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 the late Zannette Lewis who planted the seeds from which this signature program has grown.

Curated by Croilot, the Open Mic will begin at 6pm and be followed by the Poetry Jam featuring a tribute performance by emcee Ngoma 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.
May contain adult themes and language.

Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
*Live Captioning (English) Available


Monday, January 18

10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Family Programs hosted by the New Haven Museum


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

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


11:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Social Injustices: Black Librarians as Change Agents

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.

Register on Zoom


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

A Youth Roundtable: The Future of Organizing Work

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


5:00 pm - 6:15 pm EST

Triple A: Activation, Awareness, and Artivism

As a part of this year’s celebration of Dr. King, this special panel dives into community activation, collective awakening, and arts as social change. Join organizers and artists Kwadwo Adae, Raven Blake, Farron Harvey, and Onyeka Obiocha in conversation with Salwa Abdussabur.
Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel




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