Events and activities Jan. 19 and 20 will help demonstrate how "King strove to raise awareness about public health concerns and urban environmental issues that disproportionately affect minorities and low-income communities. Local organizations will be on hand to show how environmental justice also entails equal access to relief and community participation in the decisions of government and industry," the release said.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” proclaimed King, as shared in the release.
The museum is at 170 Whitney Ave.
Also in the release:
Sunday’s highlights include a presentation by keynote speaker Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, at 4:00 p.m. entitled “Another Way Is Possible: Forging a Path to Preserving a Sustainable Planet,” and a teen summit, “Sitting at the Table of Equality: Teen Involvement in Food Justice,” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday also features storytelling with Karen Johnson, Joy Donaldson and Waltrina Kirkland Mullins and world stage performances by Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble, Kouffin Kanecke Company, African Arawak Connection and Hamden Academy of Dance & Music .
Fresh from winning a national championship and new to the Peabody celebration this year is the New Haven Nation Drill Squad Youth Program that will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Comprising stepping teams and drummers and founded to instill the three Ds—discipline, dedication and determination—the Nation Drill Squad team has won over a dozen national championships. Program founder Doug Bethea, who lost his son to gun violence, says drilling teaches youths to keep their goals in sight and make the right decisions in life. Team member Ronnasia Shepard, a junior at Hillhouse High School, has also lost friends to gun violence and says the drill team helps her focus on productive things.