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New Safety Measures at BAM
We are thrilled to be welcoming you back to in-person events at BAM! Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our staff, artists, and audiences.

We are continually adapting our protocols in adherence with safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and New York State’s NY Forward.
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Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
 
 

This annual celebration is New York’s largest public tribute to Dr. King’s life and vision.

 
 
 
 
 
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Every January, artists, activists, civic leaders, and community members come together in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House to honor the legacy and share the dream of Dr. King. The largest event of its kind in New York City, this celebration is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President and Medgar Evers College, and has been a BAM tradition since 1990.

In conjunction with the event, BAMcafé Live features a weekend of music programming inspired by Dr. King’s vision of social activism and equality. Past acts have included a salute to Curtis Mayfield, political hip-hop crew Blitz the Ambassador, and new-jazz vocalist Chandra Rule.


 
PAST EVENTS
MLK
Community
The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

We honor the iconic civil rights leader at this digital adaptation of our beloved event.

Jan 18—Feb 28, 2021
 
 
MLK 2020
Talks
The 34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

BAM welcomes all members of the community for this beloved annual celebration.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020
 
 
Free
MLK
Talks
The 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

BAM hosts New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of the iconic civil rights leader.

Mon, Jan 21, 2019
 
 
Free
Mlk 2018
Talks
The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

This celebration of the iconic civil rights leader returns to BAM for the 32nd year.

Mon, Jan 15, 2018
 
 
Free
Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017
Talks
Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017
 

BAM’s annual tribute to the civil rights leader features keynote speaker Opal Tometi.

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
 
 
Free
Community Programs
Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016
 

The 30th annual celebration of Dr. King, featuring keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson.

Mon, Jan 18, 2016
 
 
Community Programs
Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015
 

New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015
 
 
Community Programs
Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014
 

The annual celebration returns with a keynote address by author and activist Angela Davis.

Jan 17—Jan 20, 2014
 
 
Community Programs
Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013
 

Come share the dream at New York City’s largest celebration of the civil rights leader.

Jan 18—Jan 21, 2013