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Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum

203-562-4183, ext. 120, matockarshewsky@newhavenmuseum.org

Julie Winkel, Media Specialist,                                                                                                             

203-815-0800, jwinkel@live.com          

MLK Celebration at New Haven Museum 

New Haven, Conn. (December 28, 2023) – Celebrate the Yale Peabody Museum’s 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Social & Environmental Justice, with the New Haven Museum on Sunday, January 14, 2024, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Register to attend here.

The free family programming will include storytellers—Joy Donaldson, Waltrina Kirkland-Mullins, and Clifton Graves—who will share fables, anecdotes, and stories honoring King’s work and testifying 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. Kid-friendly activities throughout the museum will be offered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the CT Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and other community groups. Peabody Museum’s student educators will display some Peabody specimens and offer a craft.

The celebration will continue for adults and young adults on Monday, January 15, 2024, in the Yale Science Building, O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall, 260 Whitney Ave., with the Z Experience Poetry Slam, an electrifying spoken-word experience that features award-winning, internationally recognized performers and poets. Reception to follow with snacks and beverages. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice programhonors King’s legacy and its continuing impact on artists, advocates, and thought leaders today. Presenting Corporate Sponsor and Sponsor for Workforce Development: Citizens Bank. For the full program schedule visit: http://peabody.yale.edu/events/mlk-celebration

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. As a designated Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information visit www.newhavenmuseum.org or Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.

About the Yale Peabody Museum

Founded in 1866, the Yale Peabody Museum is home to over 14 million objects and specimens, including the first Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus ever discovered. Its galleries are currently closed for the Museum’s first major renovation in nearly a century. The Peabody will reopen free to the public in early 2024.

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