Explore the beauty and majesty of birds — from hawks to hornbills — through the eyes of renowned artist Albert Earl Gilbert, and discover the process and passion behind the painter’s unique vision. Tickets: $6-$13. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Go behind the scenes of the American Decorative Arts Furniture Study, a working library of American furniture and wooden objects, which features more than 1,100 pieces from the 17th to 21st centuries. Space is limited. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 12:30 p.m.
Examine the materials that document the visits to Yale by the renowned civil rights leader and his wife. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. first came to campus in 1959 and returned in 1964 to receive an honorary degree. Coretta Scott King was named the first Frances Blanshard Fellow at Yale in 1969. Exhibition continues until March 2. Free. The Nave, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Visit one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Free. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. 1:30 p.m.
Join the celebration as the Yale Peabody Museum opens its doors once again in honor of Martin Luther King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. Activities will include world-class performances, community open mics, and educational activities. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. Noon-4 p.m.
Travel with children of all ages to distant times and faraway lands through artworks at the Yale University Art Gallery. Teaching staff will tell folktales, myths, and stories from around the world that highlight unique features of selected objects in the collection. Drawing materials are available for older children. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 1 p.m.
Savor the sounds of Boyd Jones performing the music of Bach, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, and others. Jones performs extensively throughout the United States on both organ and harpsichord. Free. United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St. 7:30 p.m.
Continue to enjoy the Yale Peabody Museum’s King celebration as it offers performances by Cliff Powell, Mooncha, Tia Russell Dance Studio, and others. The day will conclude with Michael Mills leading a participatory drum circle. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Honor the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. at this year’s conference, which has the theme of “The Dream Lives On.” The event will feature a variety of workshops, vendors, exhibits, and entertainment for K-12 youth and adults to enjoy. Free. Wexler-Grant Community School, 55 Foote St. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Love March, which was created to conserve the notion of nonviolence. The theme “Healing a Village” speaks to the importance of “taking back our streets, our neighborhoods, and our youth.” Free. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of New Haven, 100 Lawrence St. 10:30 a.m.
View select highlights of the Beinecke Library’s collections related to Martin Luther King Jr. and to the African-American freedom movements from across the 20th century in this temporary display for the holiday. Free. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. Noon-4 p.m.