25th Annual MLK Celebration

25th Annual 

MLK Celebration

Yale Schwarzman Center was pleased to be a partner in the Yale Peabody Museum’s 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice, reimagined and transformed this year into a  digital festival experience .

The museum hosted a series of free, online programs with opportunities to engage in critical dialogue and enjoy storytelling, music, dance, and spoken word performances, generously sponsored by Citizens™. Enjoy the festival in playback.

January 14, 2021

25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice Welcome! 

A founders’ welcome followed by a roundtable discussion focused on climate justice, racial equity, arts in movement building, and Afrofuturism.

January 15, 2021

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

Join Kristof Zyskowski, Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager, and Thomas Parlapiano, Public Education Manager, on a rare, behind-the-scenes collection tour to learn about native birds that can be seen right now in local parks and backyards.  

January 17, 2021

MLK Poetry Jam, Open Mic & Tribute   

Ngoma Hall and Croilot Semexan hosted an evening of poetry and spoken word performances. This year’s program honored the program’s founder Zanette Lewis and featured a line-up of world-renowned poets, inlcuding: Taalam AceyRoger Bonair-AgardLyvonne Proverbs BriggsJessica Care MooreAaron Jafferisand Sunni Patterson

January 18, 2021

Family Programs hosted by the New Haven Museum

Storytelling: Storytellers Clifton Graves, Joy Donaldson, Waltrina Kirkland-Mullins, and Dr. Robbie Thomas contribute their gifts to the event’s long-standing tradition of celebrating Dr. King through stories and song.

Recollection Connections: The Artsucation™ Academy Network presented a performance of the past, present, and future legacies of our social justice warriors featuring New Haven's Neighborhood Music School's Premiere Dance Company, Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, and the M'Bosse Dance Company of Senegal. Choreographed and directed by Ms. Hanan Hameen. 

Watch recording.

Social Injustices: Black Librarians as Change Agents 

Hosted by the Black Caucus American Library Association – CT Chapter. A conversation about Dr. King’s legacy and the role of Black librarians in fighting social injustice. 

A Youth Roundtable: The Future of Organizing Work

Hosted by Students for Educational Justice. Local youth organizers gathered to discuss Dr. King’s legacy and the future of organizing. The conversation was moderated by Benie N’sumbu and feature Adrian Huq, Sebastian Ward, Jamila, Mellody Massaquoi, and Julie Hajducky.