by Patricia Grandjean
Jan 14, 2011
05:14 PMBox Office
The Dream Continued
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy are honored on Jan. 17 this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since Dr. King’s birthday was designated a federal holiday, it has evolved into a day of service that encourages Americans to do something good for a person, a school or an organization in their communities.
Dr. King will be celebrated at a variety of events around the state:
On Jan. 16 & 17, The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice. Sunday’s events include performances by the Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble, African Arawak Connection, Yale Bhangra Dance Troupe and the Pan, Jam, and Lime Steel Band. Teen workshops and storytelling that focus on King’s legacy of non-violence and social justice are also included. Monday's events include music and dance performances and the "Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Community Poetry Open Mic" from 11 to 12:30. People of all ages are invited to share their original poetry or rap and speak their minds on issues of justice and injustice. Pre-registration required. Then the "Annual Invitational Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Poetry Slam" takes place from 1:30 to 4:30. Invited poetry readers include Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Kyle (Nubian Prince) Brooks, Brian “Omni” Dillon, Christopher K.P. Brown, Frank “Lyritry Soul” Brady, Monique Jarvis, Knickie D., Aaron Jafferis, Caroline Rothstein, Brian Dykstra, Baub Bidon, Tracey Caldwell, Ainsley Burrows, Arianne Benford, Jamaal St. John, Ibrahim Saddiq, Tenth Letter and Jason “Phenix” Hall.
Events scheduled on Jan. 17 include: Ambassador Andrew Young as the keynote speaker at the Glastonbury MLK Community Initiative’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Glastonbury High School. Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Flemming Norcott Jr. gives an introduction and the Dialogue Cycles of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts performs. The American civil rights leader, who walked with Dr. King in the historic March on Washington in 1963, will also be on hand to sign his book, Walk In My Shoes. For info, call (860) 633-8284.
In Hartford, Dream On! Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art features story readings by Dr. Raouf Mama, winner of the 2008 National Multicultural Children’s Book Award, and a concert by the Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS) Community Gospel Choir.
In Bridgeport, The University of Bridgeport’s annual Field of Hope indoor carnival entertains kids and their families with a multitude of fun activities from 11 to 3 at the Wheeler Recreation Center.
And in Greenwich, the Bruce Museum presents The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day Celebration. Young Audiences of Connecticut’s Collective Consciousness Theater performs Struggle for Freedom at 11 & 2. Students of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to make “I have a dream …” buttons and add their self-portraits to the Circle of Friends mural.