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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir performs at the 2013 MLK Tribute (Photo: Elena Olivo)

The 27th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held yesterday at BAM.

A festive breakfast hosted by BAM, Marty Markowitz, Medgar Evers College, and Target kicked off the days celebration. NYC Comptroller John Liu, Council Member Letitia James, and BAM Board member Adi Shamir were among the guests in attendance. Also joining us were the talented young artists of Picture the Dream, an exhibition from Saratoga Center in BAM's Diker Gallery Cafe. The exhibit was made possible through support from the New York City Housing Authority and long-standing Presenting Sponsor, Target.

Following the breakfast, guests made their way into the Howard Gilman Opera House for musical performances by the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and Kindred, The Family Soul. Keynote Speaker Harry Belafonte, Dr. King's close friend, actor, and activist, also addressed the audience.

In conjunction with this special day, a livestream of the 57th Presidential Inauguration concluded the event as the crowd eagerly watched Barack Obama, our first African-American president, inducted into his second term.

All in all, it was a very memorable day and BAM was proud to host one of the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in all of New York City.

Scroll down to see more photos from the event!

Marty Markowitz, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Harry Belafonte, and Ron Shuler mingle before the Tribute (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz addresses the audience (Photo: Elena Olivo)
Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir members (Photo: Elena Olivo)
Harry Belafonte addresses the audience (Photo: Elena Olivo)
The BAM Howard Gilman Opera House during a livestreaming of the 57th Presidential Inauguration (Photo: Elena Olivo)
President Obama supporter at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Breakfast (Photo: Elena Olivo)

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