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Tuesday, March 26 Entertainment

Celebrating MLK Day around Connecticut

The New Haven Museum will host storytelling as part of the Yale Peabody Museum’s 23rd annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice,” on Monday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The New Haven Museum, at 114 Whitney Ave., is steps away from the Peabody Museum, at 170 Whitney Ave. Admission is free.

Celebrating King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people, the event offers inspirational stories relating to the legacy of African-American slavery and the civil rights movement, with songs of resistance and audience participation woven in, according to a news release from the museum. The program includes Joy Donaldson: “Martin Luther King in Word and Song,” at 11 a.m., and Waltrina Kirkland Mullins: “Remember The Struggle, Remember the Legacy: A Poetry & Song Celebration,” at 12:30 p.m.

Visitors can also view 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 U.S. Supreme Court and secured their freedom.

Here’s a look at other MLK Day events around the state:

BRIDGEPORT Bridgeport Has a Dream: MLK Day Performance Created by the Young People of Bridgeport, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave. Mon 1:30 p.m. Free admission. 203-864-9129.

FAIRFIELD Family Focus: Peace & Learning Day, Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. Mon 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he influenced the civil rights movement. Watch short films about King’s life and create a craft with colorful papers and ribbons that helps to explore the meaning of peace. 203-259-1598.

GREENWICH Martin Luther King Jr. Day Winter Family Day, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr. Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Recommended for families with children under 10, this special school-holiday program features hands-on arts projects and live performances that help put in perspective King’s legacy and teachings. $10, $8 ages 65 and older, students age 5-22 with valid ID, free members and under age 5. 860-724-3623.

HARTFORD Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. Sat-Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For this special holiday weekend, center has decided everyone will pay $16.95 kids’ price for general admission. 860-724-3623.

HARTFORD Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Day-Mountaintop Vision: Soaring to New Heights, Wadsworth Athenueum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate King’s legacy through art-making, performances and tours for all ages. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Free admission all day. 860-278-2670.

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NEW HAVEN 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice, Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave. Performances, community open mics, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Sun noon-4 p.m.; Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the Peabody Museum is free for both days. 203-736-1053.

NORWALK Kids Care: MLK Jr. Service Day Project, Historical Society Museum, 141 East Ave. Sun 1-4 p.m. Create welcome bags for immigrants and refugees settling into Connecticut. Participating families are encouraged to bring individually packaged non-perishable snacks to include in the welcome bags. Along with filling the bags with goodies, children will be able to create cards and decorate the bags. Children also will get the opportunity to create peace doves, heart origami and learn more about King’s mission for peace, freedom and justice for all. Free. 203-846-0525.

NORWALK Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave. Mon 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum will be playing a King famous speech throughout the day in the Multimedia Gallery Free with Museum admission. 203-846-0525.

RIDGEFIELD Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Mon 3 p.m. Includes Spirit of Dr. King award presentation to Lane Murdock, a 16 year-old Ridgefield High School student who helped launch a nationwide school walkout following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Free. 203- 438-5795.

STAMFORD Family Program Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the film screening of “King in the Wilderness,” Ferguson Library South End Branch, 34 Woodland Ave. Sat 2-4 p.m. 203-351-8231.

WESTPORT Martin Luther King Day Celebration features keynote speaker James Forman, Jr., 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” The event will also include performances from the Serendipity Choir and the Regional School of the Arts, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Sun 3-5 p.m. 203-291-4800.

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