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BAM on KING   -- Music, talks, speeches, performances honoring Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.!


Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Featuring The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Brooklyn Academy of Music for the 32nd year. This event brings world-renowned activists, intellectuals, and civic leaders together with musicians and other performers to pay tribute to King’s legacy and keep his message alive. Join for full day of free events, including a movie screening, a talk, and an art exhibition.

Keynote Speaker: Jelani Cobb, journalist and scholar. Author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays

Presented by BAM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York
Martha Redbone


Bronx on King


Bronx Boro president hosts celebration of  REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. at 10 AM

On Monday, January 15, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will host the borough’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Borough President Diaz and Senior Pastor Naomi Tyler-Lloyd, along with elected officials, community and clergy members from all over the city will honor Rev. Dr. King’s life, memory and legacy with an interfaith service at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 808 East 224th Street, The Bronx.


WHERE: Trinity Baptist Church

808 East 224th Street

Between Barnes & Bronxwood Avenues, Bronx



King in New York



Running at the Museum of the City of New YorkKing in New York highlights landmark moments from King’s time spent in Gotham, including his 1962 speech at the Park Sheraton Hotel in midtown commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; his address against the Vietnam War at Riverside Church in 1967; and his keynote speech at the W.E.B. DuBois Centennial Tribute at Carnegie Hall just a few weeks before his death.

A special family program is free with Museum admission and for members, geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old, and include a snack. Activities are designed for adults and children to complete together.

“These photographs illuminate aspects of Martin Luther King Jr. that are less often explored, like his linking of racism with poverty and war,” says Puffin Foundation Curator of social activism Sarah Seidman, a co-organizer of the exhibition. “These positions garnered significant controversy and pushback at the time—from both the United States government and other civil rights leaders—and help us remember him in all of his complexity.”

It’s hard to overstate the footprint that King left in New York City. One of his earliest guest sermons came in 1956 at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side. In 1964, Mayor Robert Wagner awarded him the Medallion of Honor and proclaimed him “an honorary New Yorker.” King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference had an office in Harlem. In the days following his assassination, thousands of New Yorkers marched in Harlem and midtown before gathering for a memorial concert in Central Park.

“[The exhibition] illuminates a dimension of Martin Luther King Jr. that is often overlooked in his relation to New York and the city’s role in the black freedom movement,” says Whitney Donhauser, the Ronay Meschel director of the Museum of the City of New York.

The exhibition runs through Friday, June 1, and is a great way to commemorate the life and work of King over his namesake holiday weekend.



Harlem Gospel Choir MLK Day Matinee


Harlem Gospel Choir MLK Day Matinee


Let the world-famous choir—praised by musicians like Bono and Diana Ross—take you to church during its mellifluous homage to MLK, and enjoy an à la carte brunch menu with Cajun crawfish fettuccine, chicken and waffles, and more.

 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill$25, day of show $30



Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking Tour in Harlem


Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem Walking Tour


Harlem is the center of African-American history and culture not only in New York City but in the entire United States. Our tour explores the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch Village in the 17th century through its transformation into the “Capital of Black America” in the early 20th. We will place the evolution of Harlem into the context of American history by learning about how the Great Migration drove the neighborhood’s ethnic transformation through several incarnations before Harlem finally became the Black metropolis we think of today.

Our tour emphasizes the artistic, literary, and musical flowerings of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. We will learn how this period laid the intellectual foundation for the early Civil Rights movement. Stops could include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row, the Apollo Theater, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Hotel Theresa, and sites associated with W.E.B. DuBois, Madame C.J. Walker, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carl van Vechten, and many others.


Meet at the corner of 135th St and Lenox Avenue in front of the Schomburg Center. 



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