NEW HAVEN - "One Yale, One Community, One Dream" will be the theme of the campus-wide celebration for the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2012.
This year's events will include a concert by the internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock
on Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. in Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets.
The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets or reserved seating is required and doors to the hall will open at 2:30 p.m. Woolsey Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities and the show will be sign language interpreted.
Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard, and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History also will again play a major part in the campus celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with its annual event "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice."
The museum will have free admission and offer an array of performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages, also on Jan. 15, from noon to 4:30 p.m., and again Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yale's celebration of the work of Martin Luther King Jr. has a long tradition, dating back to 1964 when the University presented him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The citation read: "As your eloquence has kindled the nation's sense of outrage, so your steadfast refusal to countenance violence in resistance to injustice has heightened our sense of national shame. When outrage and shame together shall one day have vindicated the promise of legal, social, and economic opportunity for all citizens, the gratitude of peoples everywhere and of generations of Americans yet unborn will echo our admiration."
Information about all the campus and related events and activities for the "One Yale, One Community, One Dream" celebrations on and around the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday will be available online at news.yale.edu/mlk2012
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