Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon Jan 17, 2022
10:30am ET
10 and up

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 36th edition features inspirational performances by Afrofuturist funk-rock icon Nona Hendryx with composer-trombonist Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales and soul-stirring performances by Vy Higgensen's award-winning Sing Harlem choir. The annual tribute also includes a recorded performance of King, a powerful solo piece by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Kyle Marshall to the oratory of Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”


10:30 Sing Harlem performs Lift Every Voice
10:37 Welcome - Coco Killingsworth, BAM Co-Interim President
10:41 Remarks Senator Charles Schumer Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Mayor Eric Adams
10:57 Video Presentation
11:05 Remarks BK Borough President Antonio Reynoso Council Member Crystal Hudson Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
11:20 Video Presentation
11:28 Remarks Governor Kathy Hochul Speaker Adrienne Adams District Attorney Eric Gonzalez
11:43 Nona Hendryx w/ Craig Harris Ensemble performs
12:01 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Imani Perry
12:23 Closing Remarks BK Borough President Antonio Reynoso
12:22 Sing Harlem performs We Shall Overcome

RSVP is required but does not guarantee admission, which is first come, first served.

Following the keynote in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas presents a free screening of Attica by Emmy-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci Curry, spotlighting the 1971 prison uprising and the urgent need for change. In the Harvey Theater at BAM Strong, Brooklyn-based choreographer Reggie Wilson offers a community performance of POWER, a propulsive new dance piece as part of its New York City premiere run. And a digital billboard-based group exhibition—“Salvation: A State of Being”—by seven Black visual artists draws inspiration from the late trailblazing Black feminist, social critic, and author bell hooks.

The Opera House tribute, film screening, and community presentation of POWER are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. All visitors and staff must present proof of vaccination and ID to attend and masks must be worn at all times.

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