Family Activities to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By 1/14/2021 04:15:00 PM

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(BAM) 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., digitally streaming for free on, brings together artists, activists, civic leaders, and the public for a communal commemoration and reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. King, on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The event will be complemented by a week-long (January 15—21, 2021) public/outdoor "Let Freedom Ring" art project. Featuring the work of eight Brooklyn-based artists who use their art as a visual metaphor for the idea of freedom, inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and conversations around the historic 2021 presidential inauguration.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saturday, January 16; 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Central

If you could change the world through song, what would you change and what would you say to inspire that change? Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement he led inspired songs promoting freedom and justice, including Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

In this introductory workshop, join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme and rhyme scheme.

Via chat, participants will share ideas and write an original song. Recommended for ages 7+, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free. Registration closes at 5:00 P.M. the Friday before the program.

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