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18th Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental Justice Family Festival

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Although it has been nearly 46 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, his legacy of raising awareness over racial equality in matters of urban environmental issues and public health concerns is just as important today as it was back in 1968. And while the discrepancies have not been totally erased in this country, progress has been made in many places to improve living and working conditions for all Americans.

“Dr. Martin King’s dedication to equality and nonviolence helped shape the world we live in today. His work, contributions, and hope for a better place to live continues today as communities and DEEP commit to address environmental and health equity in our state,” stated Connecticut Deep Commissioner Daniel C. Esty in announcing the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s partnership in co-sponsoring The 18th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental Justice Family Festival at the Yale Peabody Museum Jan. 19-20th.

“DEEP takes pride in joining other partners to recognize and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a man whose efforts to ensure environmental justice including the principle that all members of a society have the right to clean air, water and soil, as well as a right to live in communities where they can raise their families in healthy and nurturing natural environments, exemplified his dedication and perseverance to make a difference,” added Esty. “This celebration of Dr. King provides opportunities to educate and entertain visitors with a wide variety of activities, performances and interactive displays that exemplify the legacy of this fine man.”

The 2-day festival will feature educational activities for families and people of all ages and backgrounds include performances by members of the New Haven community and from around the world, including music, poetry, children’s storytelling and dance, as well as food for both mind and body.

For more information and a full schedule of events contact the Yale Peabody Museum 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 203 432-6646 or visit