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The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jan 18—Feb 28, 2021

Presented by BAM and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, in association with BRIC

We come together to honor the iconic civil rights leader at this digital adaptation of our beloved annual event, featuring world-renowned activists and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

We come together to honor iconic civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this digital adaptation of our beloved annual event. Audience members from around the world are invited to join us for New York City’s largest public celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, a free virtual program featuring world-renowned activists, public figures, and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

After a painful year, we take this moment to reflect and to move towards the future. We draw inspiration from Dr. King’s words, his life, and the actions of those around us who continue the fight for equality and justice. With a keynote address by Alicia Garza—author of The Purpose of Power, principal at Black Futures Lab, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network—and performances by Grammy winner PJ Morton, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Sing Harlem!, poets Timothy DuWhite and Ashley August, and other changemakers, this tribute to Dr. King grounds us in a message of hard-earned hope.

This event is available to view through February 28.

Performers in order of appearance:

Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President

Sing Harlem!

Tarriona “Tank” Ball

Laurie A. Cumbo
Majority Leader of the New York City Council

Ashley August and Timothy DuWhite

Letitia James
Attorney General for the State of New York

Charles E. Schumer
Senate Democratic Leader

Bill de Blasio
Mayor, New York City

Chirlane McCray
First Lady, New York City

Kirsten Gillibrand
United States Senator for New York

Corey Johnson
Speaker of the New York City Council
District 3, Manhattan NY

Eric Gonzalez
Brooklyn District Attorney

Scott Stringer
New York City Comptroller

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Congressman, US House of Representatives
New York's 8th Congressional District

Jumaane D Williams
New York City Public Advocate

PJ Morton

Alicia Garza
Keynote address