Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Peabody Museum to hold 21st annual MLK 'Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice'

"Peabody’s Celebration of Dr. King’s Quest for Environmental and Social Justice
to feature Teen Summit, Food Drive and Community Poetry Open Mic"
NEW HAVEN - The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will hold its 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice 2017 on Jan. 15-16, according to a release. 
The program runs from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, and thanks "to the support of presenting sponsor COMCAST, the event is free and open to the public," the release said.
The Peabody is at 170 Whitney Ave.
"The annual celebration recognizes Dr. King’s efforts to ensure environmental and social justice for all people. The term 'environmental justice,' coined long after his death, is based on the principle that all members of society have the right to clean air, water, and soil, as well as a right to live in communities where they can raise their families and send their kids out to play in healthy and nurturing natural environments," the release said.
 "Events and activities are designed to demonstrate how Dr. 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 both days to show how environmental justice also entails equal access to relief and community participation in the decisions of government and industry. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” proclaimed Dr. King."
The New Haven Museum, one block from the Peabody at 114 Whitney Ave. nue, will host the storytelling portion of the program. Admission is free at the New Haven Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, the release said.
The Museum is also hosting a Food Drive "in honor of Dr. King, recognizing that one in seven households in the state struggle to put food on the table. Donations of non-perishable food items for the New Haven Community Soup Kitchen and Christian Community Action will be accepted at the Museum, 170 Whitney Ave. through January 17." Items past their expiration date cannot be accepted. Suggested donations can be found on the Peabodywebsite at peabody.yale.edu. For more information on the Food Drive, email peabody.events@yale.edu or call (203) 432-6646.
Additional support for the event comes from the Yale African American Affinity Group, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Stop & Shop, Subway, and the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs.
Following is the complete schedule of activities.
Sunday, January 15, Noon to 4:00 pm
World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs)
12:30–1:15     Community Poetry Open Mic
1:15               The Rahsaan Langley Project — Motown: Earth Wind & Fire
2:15               Tia Russell Dance Studio — Lyrical dance & Jazz
3:00               Kouffin Kanecke Company — Traditional West African dance and drumming performance
David Friend Hall (3rd Floor)
12:00–4:00      8th Annual Teen Summit
Monday, January 16, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
World Stage Performances (Great Hall of Dinosaurs)
10:45              Dance Battle
11:00–12:00    Community Poetry Open Mic
12:00              Red Supreme Productions Hip Hop Dance Entertainment
12:30              Kenyatta Harris Jr. — Jazz and R&B
1:00                Red Supreme Productions Hip Hop Dance Entertainment
1:30                African Arawak Connection
2:30                Michael Mills — Drumming performance and drum circle finale
David Friend Hall (3rd Floor)
10:30–11:30    Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” – Video Approx. 60 mins
11:30–12:00    Been to The Mountain Top – Video Approx. 30 mins
12:30–3:30      Annual Invitational Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Poetry Slam
                       Invited Poetry Slam Participants: Mind Evolution, Malcolm Wicks, M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T, Paragraph,
                                                                              Crystal Valentine, Sky Raven-The Vegan Poet,
                                                                              Jasmine  Eaton, Aaron Jafferis, Brad Waldron, Jaime Lewis,
                                                                              Steven Willis, Gabriel Ramirez, Lynnette Johnson, Safi
Monday, January 16, AT THE NEW HAVEN MUSEUM, 114 WHITNEY AVENUE, one block from the Peabody:
Storytelling & Amistad Exhibit  
Free Admission to the New Haven Museum from 11:00 am to 4:00pm
11:30               Joy Donaldson — “Martin Luther King Word and Song”
1:00                 Waltrina Kirkland Mullins — “We’ve Come a Long Way! Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King”

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