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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced details of its “35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” which 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 2021 virtual event welcomes back artists who have performed at BAM. Performers include Grammy-winning solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Vy Higgensen’s award-winning choir Sing Harlem!, Brooklyn-based poet and BAM Artist Resident Timothy DuWhite, spoken word artist Ashley August, with more participants to be announced at a later date.

The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be digitally streamed for free on The anchor event will be complemented by a week-long public/outdoor art project. Harnessing the scale of BAM’s outdoor digital outpost, Let Freedom Ring features 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. The acclaimed artists—Derrick AdamsAlvin Armstrong, Lizania CruzHank Willis Thomas, and Jasmine Wahi (more to be announced at a later date)—seek to encourage moments of reflection and dialogue. BAM will also present a free film screening of William Greaves’s newly-restored documentary, Nationtime, about the National Black Political Convention of 1972, when 10,000 Black politicians, activists, and artists went to Gary, Indiana, to forge a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. The film will run virtually on January 18, 2021.