The New Haven Museum will host storytelling and other activities as part of the Yale Peabody Museum’s 21st Annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice,” on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 114 Whitney Avenue, the New Haven Museum is steps away from the Peabody Museum, at 170 Whitney Avenue. Admission is free.
Held in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people, activities planned by the Peabody Museum include world-class performances, a teen summit, a poetry slam, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. More than two dozen community organizations participate with activity or information tables.
Groups featured at the New Haven Museum this year include The Amistad Committee, Discovering Amistad, and Girl Scouts of Central Connecticut, which will also host an activity demonstrating how waste can be recycled and reused to build new homes. The New Haven Story Project will be collecting oral histories from New Haven residents.
The storytelling sessions include engaging tales by two professional storytellers:
11:30 p.m.: Joy W. Donaldson – “Martin Luther King: In Word and Song”
1:00 p.m.: Waltrina Kirkland Mullins – “We’ve Come a Long Way! – Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King”
Visitors can also enjoy the New Haven Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Cinque Lives Here: The Amistad Story,” which features the most significant collection of material from the Amistad incident (1839-1841). It includes the portrait of Sengbe Pieh/Joseph Cinque, leader of the revolt; the painting of the schooner La Amistad; a letter from Kale, one of the captives; and a letter to the captives from John Quincy Adams, who argued successfully on behalf of the Africans before the US Supreme Court and secured their freedom.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice” is a two-day celebration organized by the Yale Peabody Museum each year. For more information visit: http://peabody.yale.edu/