Campus Programs To Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King

The campus will celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. over five days with talks, performances, film screenings, shared meals and other activities.

These events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

Life stories. The week began with a panel discussion titled “Life Stories: Pathways for Mutual Respect — How Do We Learn To Live With Each Other in Peace,” in which faculty and invited guests discussed their life journeys through the lens of ethnicity and culture. The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. at the International Center, 421 Temple St. For more information, contact

‘The Green Book.’ A concert reading of “The Green Book,” a play by Calvin Ramsey, will take place on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Slifka Center, 80 Wall St. The play illustrates the complications and complexity of African-American life during the Jim Crow era and presents a dramatic intersection of the lives of a Holocaust survivor and an African-American salesman. It takes its title from “The Green Book,” published 1936-1963, which listed roadside accommodations that served African Americans. For more information, contact

Breaking bread. The life and mission of King will be celebrated during “Let Us Break Bread Together: Food, Music, the Arts and Faith” on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Saint Thomas More Golden Center, 268 Park St. The event features food, performances and fellowship. Donations are requested to support a local charity. For more information, contact Ivy at

Worship and lunch-making. The University Church at Battell Chapel, Yale’s ecumenical church, will hold a worship service on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. The service at the church, corner of Elm and College streets, will be followed by lunch-making for “Chapel on the Green” and a presentation by Reverend Bonita Grubbs, executive director of Christian Community Action, on the organization’s work in New Haven. Performances by the University Church Choir will also be featured. For information, contact Reverend Ian Oliver at 203-432-1128.

Environmental and social justice. The Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., will hold its “14th Annual Festival Celebrating Dr. Martin King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice 2010” on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 17 and 18. The two-day festival will feature music, dance, diversity discussions among teens, children’s storytelling and the annual poetry slam. Events will focus on how King strove to raise awareness about public-health concerns and urban environmental issues that disproportionally affect minorities and low-income communities. Performances include the New Haven Break Dancers, the West African dance and drumming group Kouffin Kanecke Company, Yale Bhangra Dance Troupe, African Arawak Connection, St. Luke’s Steel Band, and others. Sunday’s events take place noon-4:30 p.m.; Monday’s events will be held 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit or contact or 203-432-6646.

Love and leadership. The Afro-American Cultural Center’s “Black Convocation 2010” on Sunday, Jan. 17, will focus on the theme “Transformational Love and Leadership in Challenge and Crisis, Reflections on Our Commitment to Our Community.” The event takes place at 4 p.m. at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park St., and will feature keynote speakers Andre Willis ‘87 and Tricia Rose ‘84. For information, contact

Day of Service. “MLK Day of Service: A Day On, Not a Day Off!” gives Yale students, faculty and staff the opportunity to collaborate on projects including voter registration, feeding the homeless and care-package assembly. Sign-ups for service projects begin at 8:30 a.m. in Dwight Hall, 67 High St. Transportation will be provided to service sites. For information, contact or

Food and talk. “A Day for Dr. King with Bryant Terry” will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, featuring the activist, author and chef. Terry will take part in a cooking demonstration at 3 p.m. in the Pierson College (PC) dining hall, 261 Park St. It will be followed by a master’s tea at 4 p.m. featuring Terry at the PC master’s house, 231 Park St. At 5:30 p.m., Terry and the Yale Gospel Choir will participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Gala Dinner in the PC dining hall. Dinners at the other Yale College dining halls will also commemorate King. For more information, contact

Civil rights films. Throughout the weekend of Jan. 16-17, a continuous loop of civil rights-era film footage will be viewable at the entrance of public spaces and residential colleges on campus. For more information, contact Dean Marichal Gentry, Yale College Dean’s Office, at 203-432-9200.

Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with LinkedIn Share this with Email Print this