This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and BAM is honoring the American hero with its 29th annual Brooklyn tribute, “Come Share the Dream.” This year’s celebration will feature a keynote address by noted academic, author, and public intellectual, Dr. Cornel West, and there will be musical performances by the New York Fellowship’s Mass Choir and Sandra St. Victor and Oya’s Daughter.
Also in attendance will be Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, serving as master of ceremonies, and prominent speakers including BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. The tribute begins at 10:30 am at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene) and is free to the public. It also kicks off a day of events that includes a book signing by West at in the BAMCafe; an art exhibit, “Picture the Dream” at BAMCafe; a showing of the Ken Burns documentary The Central Park Five, which shows at 1pm at BAM Rose Cinema; and more—all of it free; all of it a perfect way to honor the legacy of a national hero.
For more information on the day’s events, visit bam.org