The annual Brooklyn Academy of Music festivities scheduled to kick off from January 15 to 18, is packed with several outstanding events, top of which is to honor slain civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
The BAM festival is a tradition of keeping alive, the legacy of the Nobel Peace prize winner who brought widespread reforms to the American polity with regard to discrimination against blacks through non-violent means, and annually it is celebrated with tributes and musical entertainment as well as a keynote address.
However, in addition to the 1:30 am program slated for the Howard Gilman Opera House, millennials clueless about the significant contribution of a militant revolutionary group that countered Dr. King’s message of non-violence, “Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution” will provide an enlightening insight into the movement that scared America’s establishment to infiltrate and ultimately eliminate the California-based, conscientious youths that fed young, Blacks and the homeless.
For activities that will mark the event, Michael Eric Dyson is billed to give the keynote address. Musical performances by Kimberley Nichole, the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, while an art exhibition will likely provide a day-long tribute to the slain Civil Rights leader whose birthday will be observed by a national holiday and tributes throughout the US.
A documentary film by Stanley Nelson will present a free screening to introduce groundbreaking document on the history of the Black Panther Party and the ‘political and social aims of the organization during the civil rights era and the Black revolutionary spirit it inspired.” Released last year, it ‘combines archival footage with the voices of party leaders, journalists, criminal justice and government officials,” the film reflects on the ambitions and legacies of the Black Panthers, exposing students to an important and under-explored dimension of U.S. political history.
A post-film question and answer session with director Nelson is also included in the afternoon celebration dedicated to Dr. King.
Presented in collaboration with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York, the largest public celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will again attract a myriad of significant guests.
From Jan. 15 to Jan. 18, “Picture the Dream,” a visual art exhibition will showcase a community art exhibition featuring original Dr. King-inspired work by students from the University Settlement Atlantic Terminal Community Center.