Events held around the state for MLK Day

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Businesses and schools around the country are taking the day off to honor a civil rights icon. It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the holiday falls just a few days after King’s birthday.

There are many events planned for Martin Luther King Day. At the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, there will be educational activities for families and people of all ages and backgrounds. These include performances by members of the New Haven community and from around the world, interactive displays of our local natural environment, children’s storytelling, and a drum circle with traditional west African dance and drumming.

In West Hartford, there’s the 19th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. The event begins at 10 Monday morning until 11:30 at the West Hartford Town Hall auditorium. That’s at 50 South Main Street. West Hartford’s special event that pays tribute to Dr. King’s ideals and vision. It’s free and open to all.

At the University of Bridgeport, there is the 29th annual ringing of the bell that begins at 10:50 this morning.

There are other events planned throughout the state. Click here for a list of them.

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