MLK Celebration

28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Social & Environmental Justice

Sunday, January 14 @ 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Monday, January 15 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

  O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall , Yale Science Building; 260 Whitney Avenue
  New Haven Museum , 114 Whitney Avenue

  • Festival / Family Day
  • Open to Public

Join the Yale Peabody Museum, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the New Haven Museum for the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice with two days of free events open to all. Generously sponsored by Citizens.

Space is limited. Free registration is strongly recommended. Live ASL interpretation is available upon request on or before January 7th.

Free parking is available in Yale Lot 22 at 260 Whitney Avenue.

2024 Program List

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Family Storytelling and Dance at the New Haven Museum
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue

The New Haven Museum and the Peabody are teaming up for an afternoon of inspiring family programs celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy. Storytellers Joy Donaldson, Waltrina Kirkland, and Clifton Graves will share stirring fables, anecdotes, and stories that honor King’s work and testify to his impact on the justice movement.

Ms. Hanan’s Dance and Beyond will present an interactive performance of cultural dance and drumming from the African diaspora and you’ll discover kid-friendly activities throughout the Museum offered by our program partners, including the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).



Performer at Z Experience Poetry Slam

Z Experience Poetry Slam
Yale Science Building, O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall, 260 Whitney Avenue

Influential poet-performers Croilot and Ngoma emcee a packed slate of on-stage programs inside one of the largest auditoriums on Yale's campus. They'll kick things off with a high-energy group performance and a curated open mic. Those talented storytellers will be followed by a dazzling line-up of over a dozen renowned competition poets, including Ray Jane, Lyrical Faith, Tymani Rain, T'challa Williams, and last year’s winner Slangston Hughes.

Held in honor of New Haven arts leader Zannette Lewis, this event is appropriate for adults and young adults with discretion of a parent or guardian.

Reception to follow with complimentary snacks and beverages.



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With gratitude to Eli's Catering for their generous in-kind support of our staff and volunteers.


Event Location

O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall

Yale Science Building; 260 Whitney Avenue

New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Avenue