On Monday, January 19, 2015, America will commemorate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, beloved husband and father, who is regarded by many to be one of America’s favorite sons. If he were alive Dr. King, who was born on January 15, 1929, would be 86 years old.
Many public tributes have been planned in Dr. King’s honor, especially in Brooklyn. If you are still contemplating what to do on this day, we have a few recommendations for you.
Have you considered spending the day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)? There is always tremendous buzz around BAM’s tribute to Dr. King, which is one of the largest tributes in New York. Brooklynites are always excited to be a part of this annual celebration which is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Medgar Evers College.
This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Cornel West, noted author professor and activist. What would a celebration be without music? In addition to Dr. West, guests will be treated to performances by Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter, former lead singer of The Family Stand, and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir led by Rev. David Wright, son of Rev. Timothy Wright, who is also known as Brooklyn’s Godfather of Gospel who died in 2009. After his address, Dr. West will sign copies of The Radical King, his new collection of Dr. King’s writings. Sound interesting? For additional information, please be sure to visit BAM’s website.
Brooklyn is New York City’s largest borough and celebrations in honor of Dr. King will take place in several neighborhoods. When making your plans, please remember to look for events that are scheduled for Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th. For a complete guide please click here. We encourage you to celebrate with your fellow neighbors from Bedford Stuyvesant, Sheepshead Bay, Central Brooklyn and downtown.
Each year President Obama and the First Family join Americans throughout the country in recognizing Dr. King’s birthday as a National Day of Service. If there is a favorite cause you would like to take consider, this weekend will provide a perfect chance for you to get involved. Lastly, if you are out and about, and love to take pictures, may we ask you to share them with us? We would love to see how the day unfolded through your eyes.
We at Brooklyn Legends are proud to join the world in this year’s celebration of Dr. King’s birth. We celebrate his legacy.
Have a great day.