BAM 2022 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By 1/05/2022 12:07:00 PM

This year, BAM expands its 36th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with a wide variety of free events for community members of all ages and interests.

BAM Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 17 at 10:30am in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue) join with activists, musicians, and civic leaders for a communal commemoration and reflection of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. King.

The 2022 keynote speech titled “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” will be delivered by critically-acclaimed author and cultural historian Dr. Imani Perry, as she encourages us to continue in Dr. King’s radical spirit. Perry’s work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination.

Rounding out the timely keynote address will be inspirational performances by Afrofuturist funk-rock icon Nona Hendryx with composer-trombonist Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales and soul-stirring performances by Vy Higgensen's award-winning Sing Harlem choir.

The annual tribute will also include a recorded performance of King, a powerful solo piece by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Kyle Marshall to the oratory of Dr. King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”

Following the keynote in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas will present a free screening of Attica by Emmy-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci Curry, spotlighting the 1971 prison uprising and the urgent need for change.

In the Harvey Theater at BAM Strong, Brooklyn-based choreographer Reggie Wilson offers a community performance of POWER, a propulsive new dance piece as part of its New York City premiere run.

And a digital billboard-based group exhibition—“Salvation: A State of Being”—by seven Black visual artists draws inspiration from the late trailblazing Black feminist, social critic, and author bell hooks.

Additional artists, music, and BAMkids programs will be announced later.

The Opera House tribute, film screening, and community presentation of POWER are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

All visitors and staff must present proof of vaccination and ID to attend and masks must be worn at all times.

Learn more, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or visit -

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