Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon Jan 16, 2023
10:30am to 3:00pm ET
Age: 10 and up
Price: Free

BAM hosts its FREE annual Brooklyn tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., and everyone is invited! The celebration brings together artists and civic leaders to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. 

The BAMkids celebration, Courage Takes Creativity, takes place in the Fishman Space, Hillman Studio (BAM Fisher) 321 Ashland Pl, with special programming for Ages: 6—11

Soul Energy Dance | 10:30am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm & 2:15pm
BAM teaching artists Enya-kalia Jordan and Okai Fleurimont lead kids in dancing for liberation, teaching songs and steps from Guinea in West Africa and Haiti.

Picture Yourself Making History | 10:30am—2:30pm
In collaboration with BRIC, choose a photo of a civil right moment and put yourself in the picture in this hands-on activity.

Wave Your Flag | 10:30am—2:30pm
If there's a protest, there's usually a flag. A flag's shape, colors, and symbols can visually help communicate our values and promote solidarity with others who feel the same way. Visual artist Lexy Ho-Tai leads an activity exploring individual and collective ideas of home or world-building, creating a symbolic flag using textiles.

Wear Your Values | 10:30am—2:30pm (while supplies last)
If you had the world's attention, what would you say? What's something you care about that you wish more people also cared about? Draw your answer on a BAMkids MLK Day t-shirt or tote and decorate it with the help of the Hip Hop Closet. T-shirt design by BAMkids parent advisor Hectah Arias.

Chardi Kala: Music to Uplift & Ignite | 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm & 1:45pm
In Punjabi, Chardi Kala refers to a sense of eternal optimism, even in the darkest of times. In the Sikh community and around the world, music has been used to lift spirits and inspire listeners to take action for justice and dignity. Join Sonny Singh and his band of dhol, drums, brass, and electric guitar for an experience of rhythmic solidarity and hope.

Beloved Community Circle | 2:45pm—3pm
To close the program, participants gather together to celebrate the creative power of Love with music and movement in a powerful declaration of everyone working towards King's beloved community. 


** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.