BAM’s 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute
to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Nelson A. King
The Brooklyn Academy of Music and
the Office of Brooklyn Borough President
Eric L. Adams – in association
with BRIC, a leading arts and media
institution anchored in Downtown
Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary
visual and performing arts, media
and civic action – will on Monday host
the 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We come together to honor iconic
civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. at this digital adaptation of
our beloved annual event,” said BAM in
“Audience members from around
the world are invited to join us for New
York City’s largest public celebration
of Dr. King’s legacy, a free virtual program
featuring world-renowned activists,
public figures, and civic leaders
alongside musicians and other performers,”
“After a painful year, we take this
moment to reflect and to move towards
the future,” BAM continued. “We draw
inspiration from Dr. King’s words, his
life, and the actions of those around
us who continue the fight for equality
With a keynote address by Alicia
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Garza — author of “The Purpose of
Power,” principal at Black Futures Lab,
and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter
Global Network — and performances
by Grammy winner PJ Morton, Tarriona
“Tank” Ball, Sing Harlem!, poets
Timothy DuWhite and Ashley August,
and other changemakers, “this tribute
to Dr. King grounds us in a message of
hard-earned hope,” BAM said.
It said reservations are strongly
encouraged, although they are not
required in order to attend.
BAM said Garza is an organizer,
political strategist and cheeseburger
She is the principal at the Black
Futures Lab and the Black to the
Future Action Fund, co-creator of
#BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives
Matter Global Network, Strategy &
Partnerships Director at the National
Domestic Workers Alliance.
Garza is also the host of the “Lady
Don’t Take No” podcast.
“Her acclaimed new book, The Purpose
of Power: How We Come Together
When We Fall Apart, offers an essential
guide to building transformative movements
to address the challenges of our
time,” BAM said.
It said New Orleans-based singersongwriter
PJ Morton performs “deeply
soulful R&B with a passionate delivery
that simultaneously comforts and
A longtime keyboardist for Maroon
5 and music director for Solange, Morton
boasts a roster of collaborators that
include Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and
By Azad Ali
The Keith Mitchell administration
has announced the appointment of
Grenada’s first female attorney general.
Just a few months after being
appointed Solicitor General, Dia C.
Forrester-Gellineau, was on Dec. 30
appointed attorney general, replacing
Darshan Ramdhani, who served in the
post from January 2019 to Dec. 30,
Ramdhani stepped down to serve in
the British Virgin Islands, after which
he will be returning to private practice.
PJ Morton with his daughter, Peyton,
pose backstage with his Best
R&B Song award for “Say So”
at the 62nd Grammy Awards, Los
Angeles, California, U.S., Jan. 26,
2020. REUTERS/Monica Almeida, File
its first female
Attorney General of Grenada, Ms.
Dia C. Forrester. Ministry of Legal
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