Where to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Where to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Artwork, “The Unfinished Dream” by high school artist, Jimmy Zhao,
contestant in Yale Peabody Museum’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest.
The below information is excerpted and republished courtesy of the Hartford Courant.


Many places in the Hartford area have planned events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of the civil rights leader.

Greater Hartford

Mountaintop Vision: Soaring to New Heights: Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community day of activities themed on King, with art-making, performances and tours. Free. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford. thewadsworth.org.

Connecticut Science Center: Jan. 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everybody pays kids’ prices to see exhibits on space, animals, engineering, physics, space, inventions, health, sports, energy, Earth. Special kids’ show “Mousetrap Science,” which uses balloon sculptures to teach how machines work. $16.95, $21.95 includes movie or Butterfly Encounter, $23.95 includes movie and Butterfly Encounter. 250 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. ctsciencecenter.org.

The Mark Twain House & Museum: Hartford residents get free regular tours of the historic house on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Living History tours are not free. Proof of Hartford residency required. Tours also include entrance to the orientation exhibition “I Have Sampled This Life” in the Aetna Gallery, and “Tails of Twain,” an exhibition about the Clemens family and its relationship to animals, sponsored by United Technologies. Also included is a Ken Burns’ film about Mark Twain in the Webster Bank Museum Center. marktwainhouse.org.

Free movies: Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Three documentaries about the civil-rights movement. “Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks” at 11 a.m., “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” at noon and “Soundtrack for a Revolution” at 1 p.m. Free. Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. in Hartford. realartways.org.

Sheff v. O’Neill 30th Anniversary Celebration: Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. Day of panels, speakers and workshops on the state of integration in Connecticut, inspired by King’s final published work, “From Chaos to Community: Where Do We Go From Here?” Also held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sheff vs. O’Neill decision. Free. Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. hplct.org.

Liberty Bell Ringing: Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the MLK Commission will hold its annual bell-ringing event. A continental breakfast will be served at 10 a.m., an awards program will be hled at 11 a.m. and the Liberty Bell Ringing will be held at noon. Free. Connecticut State Capitol building, 210 Capitol Ave in Hartford. ct.gov/chro

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day of family activities and educational programs, including a discussion about the Poor People’s Campaign at noon. Free. 77 Forest St. in Hartford. harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.

Community Day: Jan. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Gallery talk on African-American artists Titus Kaphar and Radcliffe Bailey at 1 p.m. Performance of traditional spirituals by the Main Street Children’s Choir at 2 p.m. Other activities. Free. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St. nbmaa.org.

King of Change: Bravery in the Face of Adversity: Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Gospel concert by the Como Mamas, movement and spoken-word performances by USJ community members and keynote address by Victoria Christgau, director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. Ice cream social to follow. Free, but RSVP recommended. Hoffman Auditorium at University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave. in West Hartford. tickets.usj.edu.

Beloved Community concert: Jan. 20 at 4 p.m., snow date Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Concert to honor King with lyric soprano Margaret Beers, baritone Cleveland Alexander Williams and pianist Stacy Cahoon, benefits Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity’s House of Faith project on North Main Street. $20. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave. in West Hartford. hartfordhabitat.org.

Legends, Legacy and Lineage: Blacks in Dance History: Jan. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Connecticut Dance Alliance’s annual MLK Day celebration includes classes in a variety of dance genres, video presentations, informal performances, lectures, panel discussions. $35, $25 CDA members. CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 15 Vernon St. in Hartford. ctdanceall.org.

Martin Luther King Gala for Learning and Literacy: Jan. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner, auctions, DJ, dancing. Proceeds benefit The Scribe’s Institute Young Scribe’s Literary Program for Hartford children. $119. Hartford Marriott, 200 Columbus Blvd. eventbrite.com.

Imagine Nation: Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day of activities starting at 10:30 a.m.: sign making, pin making, history of peace marches, and two peace marches, at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Free with museum admission of $10. One Pleasant St. in Bristol. imaginenation.org.

Two Friends Reflect on Making a Pilgrimage to Montgomery: Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Stephen W. Camp of Faith Congregational Church in Hartford and Rabbi Debra Cantor of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, in a “MLK Shabbat Lunch & Learn,” discuss their visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. Free. B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road in Bloomfield. mandelljcc.org.

Peace, Community and Family Day: Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour galleries, ride the carousel and create watercolor “Peace” poster or “I Have a Dream” dream-catchers. $6, $5.50 seniors, $3.50 ages 4 o `14, $2 ages 1 to 3, younger than 1 free. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave. in Bristol. thecarouselmuseum.org.

First Church of Christ: Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. Annual ceremony focuses on King’s summers in Simsbury in 1944 and 1947, working at Culbro Tobacco Farm. Readings from King’s speeches and performances by Henry James Memorial School Select Choir and the Simsbury Intonations Chorus. Free. 689 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury. http://fccsimsbury.org.


Nekita Waller concert: Jan. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller will perform inspirational, King-inspired songs with her five-piece band. Free. Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. libraryinsight.com.

In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Jan. 23 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Bettina Love, associate professor of educational theory and practice at University of Georgia, will discuss “What Came Before & After King: Abolitionist Teaching & Life.” Reception follows. Free. Crowell Concert Hall, 271 Washington Terrace at Wesleyan University in Middletown. wesleyan.edu/mlk.

New Haven

23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice: Jan. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. and Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Performances, open mic, educational activities, poetry slam, art contest and storytelling. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. in New Haven, and New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. peabody.yale.edu.

Article by Susan Dunne. Susan Dunne can be reached at sdunne@courant.com

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