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The 34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020
  • 10:30AM
LANGUAGE: This is a sign-language-interpreted event. For more information contact us at or 718.636.4100.
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Monday January 20, 2020

Keynote speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Musical performers: Son Little, Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., returns to BAM for the 34th year. BAM welcomes all members of the community for this beloved annual tradition, which brings together world-renowned activists, public figures, and civic leaders alongside musicians and other performers.

Join us in paying tribute to King’s legacy—this year featuring keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones and musical guests Son Little and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir—to help keep his message of equality, peace, and hope alive.

This full day of free events also includes a screening and an art exhibition (details to be announced), and the weekend prior we host free live music performances at BAMcafé (lineup to be announced).

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Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by Harkness Foundation for Dance
Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

General Admission 
Please Note: Tickets to this event will be distributed on a first come, first seated basis. Lobby doors open at 8am.
Hannah Jones
Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. She is also the creator of that magazine’s 1619 Project, a major initiative and podcast about the history and legacy of American slavery. Her extensive reporting on the ways segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official policy earned her the National Magazine Award, a Peabody Award, and a Polk Award. Hannah-Jones lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Son Little
Son Little

Son Little, the son of a preacher, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. Much like his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of American R&B, deft weavings of different eras—blues, soul, gospel, rock “n’ roll—through his own unique vision, which is beautifully exemplified on his second full-length album, New Magic. In addition to his own headlining runs, he has toured with Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, and Shakey Graves. He also produced Mavis Staples’ Grammy Award-winning version of the song “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.”

Brooklyn Interdenominationa Choir
Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir is an ensemble committed to bringing people together through artistic expression. Founded by conductor and choral director Frank A. Haye, BIC celebrates the diverse cultures that make our world great. Haye refers to each of the choir’s members as “performing ambassadors that spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through song.” The choir performs in churches, temples, festivals, concert halls, convention centers, clubs, street fairs, private functions, and beyond.

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
Mon, Jan 20, 2020
Amazing Grace
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Rapturous, joyous, awe-inspiring: the legendary, long-unseen concert film companion to Aretha Franklin’s iconic gospel album at last emerges.