Celebrating Dr. King's legacy

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is co-sponsoring the 20th annual two-day family festival, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice on Sunday, Jan. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free festival takes place at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven and will focus on environmental and social justice, civil rights, nonviolent advocacy, equality of resources and community enrichment.

“For two decades, DEEP has co-sponsored this Family Festival that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizes his life-long actions and determination for social justice,” said Robert Klee, Commissioner of DEEP.  “Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Peabody Museum has become an annual tradition for families and children, providing a wide variety of educational activities and performances including music, poetry, children’s storytelling and dance.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice Family Festival has grown during the last 20 years, with attendance increasing from 1,400 visitors the first year to more than 5,500 last year.  Activities are for adults and children of all ages, including teens. For further information contact the Yale Peabody Museum at (203) 432-6646 or visit www.peabody.yale.edu/events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. strove to raise awareness about urban environmental issues and public health concerns that disproportionately affect communities of color. While these issues have not disappeared, progress has been made in many places to bring such inequalities to light and to improve living and working conditions.

Environmental justice is based on the principle that all members of a 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 in healthy and nurturing natural environments. Further, environmental justice includes a guarantee of equal access to relief and the possibility of meaningful community participation in the decisions of government and industry.

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History thanks the following for their generosity Comcast, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Stop & Shop, Subway and the Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs.

Directions: In New Haven, Connecticut, take Exit 3 off Interstate 91 (either north or southbound) onto the Trumbull Street connector, and make a right turn at the second intersection onto Whitney Avenue (follow the posted signs to the Yale Peabody Museum).

The museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street, one block north of the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Trumbull Street.

Parking: Weekend parking is free in all Yale University parking lots.