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VIRTUAL: 25th Annual MLK Celebration: Open Mic and Poetry Jam in honor of Zanette Lewis

Join us for a reimagined Open Mic and Poetry Jam celebrating Dr. King through verse and spoken word. Hosted by Ngoma Hill and Croilot Semexan, this year’s event will honor Zanette Lewis who planted the seeds from which this signature program has grown.

The Open Mic will begin at 6pm and be followed by a tribute to Zanette Lewis featuring our hosts and a phenomenal line up of internationally recognized artists, including Taalam Acey, Roger Bonair Agard, Lyvonne Proverbs Briggs, Jessica Care Moore, Aaron Jafferis, and Sunni Patterson.

VIRTUAL: 25th Annual MLK Celebration: Birds in Your Backyard--A Collections Tour of Winter CT Birds

Curious about the winter birds you see outside your window? Join Museum staff from our Vertebrate Zoology Division and Education Department to learn about the native bird species you can find in your backyard this
season. Three of our experts will take you on a guided, behind-the-scenes tour through one of the country’s richest bird collections.

Live English captioning will be provided.

VIRTUAL: 25th Annual MLK Celebration: Welcome and Opening Reflections

Join the visionary and founding members of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice as they welcome the community to this year’s virtual festival and offer a brief history of the event.

Following their introduction, we’ll host a roundtable discussion focused on the arts in movement building and organizing for climate justice and racial equity.

Live English captioning will be provided.

Mondays at Beinecke: The Million Book Project with Reginald Dwayne Betts

The Million Book Project will bring curated 500-book literary time-capsules to 1,000 prisons and juvenile detention centers to each state in the United States. The Million Book Project, was conceptualized by poet and legal scholar Reginald Dwayne Betts, who serves as its project director.
Zoom webinar registration:
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Origins of the Dream: Langston Hughes's Poetry & Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rhetoric

A special Mondays at Beinecke gallery talk online with W. Jason Miller, Professor of Literature at North Carolina State University.
Zoom webinar registration:
Miller is the author of “Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric” (University of Florida Press, 2016), which traces the Rev, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s use of Langston Hughes’s poetry in his sermons and speeches from 1956-1968.

Studio Program, Virtual Sewing Circle

What would the world look like if, as humans, we thought of ourselves as companion species? Can acts of creative collaboration help heal broken bonds with the environment and with each other? Cannupa Hanska Luger (Manda, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota) and Marie Watt (Seneca), M.F.A. 1996, invite the public to consider such questions while contributing to the physical manifestation of a large-scale sculptural installation.

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