Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Connecticut

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and places across the state honor the late reverend.

CONNECTICUT, USA — Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and there are many events across the state to help celebrate and honor the civil rights leader.

The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast , which will take place on Monday morning. For the first time since 2020, the breakfast returns to the Connecticut Convention Center for an in-person event. A virtual assistance option is also available.

This event has been the premier scholarship fundraiser for the Hartford Alumnae Chapter and one of the largest MLK Jr. Day celebrations in Connecticut for three decades. The cost to attend the breakfast is $65 in person and $35 virtual.

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Famous the 27ª annual edition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of social and environmental justice at the Yale Peabody Museum , either live or virtually, with the Museum of New Haven on Sunday, January 15. The event is from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Masks are required in the museum and space is limited. Sign up to attend virtually here . Sign up to attend in person here .

Free family programming will include storytellers—Joy Donaldson, Waltrina Kirkland and Clifton Graves—who will share fables, anecdotes and stories that honor King’s work and testify to his impact on the movement for justice.

Another part of the 27th Annual MLK Celebration from Yale’s Peabody Museum is its centerpiece, in person for the first time in three years, the electrifying Z Experience Poetry Slam which is being held this year at the Yale Science Building at 260 Whitney Avenue .

On Monday, January 16, influential poets and performers Croilot and Ngoma present a packed slate of programs on stage inside one of the largest auditoriums on the Yale campus. They will kick off at 11:30am with a high-energy group performance and curated open mic. Those gifted storytellers will be followed by a dazzling lineup of more than a dozen renowned poets from the competition, including Ray Jane, Lyrical Faith, T’challa Williams, and Ameerah Shabazz-Bilal.

On-site registration can be done here . sign up here to attend virtually via Zoom.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is organizing a Free community day to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 16, 11 am to 2 pm In observance of Dr. King’s birthday, the NBMAA has partnered with the CT Center for Nonviolence (CTCN) to present an evening of art-making, music, and learning led by teaching artists. from CTCN and certified nonviolence trainers, including Shanna T. Melton, Adjovi Simpini, Gamaliel Moses, Melinda Alcosser, and Cherell Banks. Participate in activities to express love, practice empathy, and celebrate community. Admission is free. Learn more about the event here.

Join the people of West Hartford for the 27th Annual Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, at the West Hartford City Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Each year, the event that pays tribute to Dr. King’s ideals and vision grows more popular and inspiring. The celebration is free and open to people of all ages.

This year’s keynote speaker is Vannessa Dorantes, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), human rights advocate, and public servant. Commissioner Dorantes was appointed to lead DCF in 2019, the first African American to serve in that role for the state of Connecticut. She has dedicated her service to the agency since 1992.

Each year, two public high school students are selected to provide their perspectives on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, Afaf Albur, Conard High School and Zella Jackson, Hall High School were selected.

The event features musical performances by the Conard High School Jazz Combo, King Philip Middle School Singers, and Hall High School’s Choraliers.

Artwork, essays and poems by students from West Hartford elementary schools will also be on display.

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