BAM urges all to 'Share the Dream' at MLK Day celebration

Brooklyn Currents | 1/21/2014 | 0 comments

Sharing the dream at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

 The Brooklyn Academy of Music joined in the national celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20 by presenting its eighth annual "Share the Dream" event, one of BAM's largest gatherings.

This year commemorated what would have been Dr. King's 85th birthday last Wednesday.

Monday's event was also dedicated to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and  leader of the anti-apartheid movement who died in December.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray received the loudest ovation.

"The time to build shared prosperity is now. Now is the time to do the things we can do to reach people in need," de Blasio said.

Activist Angela Davis delivered the keynote address, saying that the the only way  King's dream can be secure is if men and women have the will to continue the struggle for equal rights.

Churches and community groups around the city also marked the day with King-themed events.

Martin Luther King III was at Riverside Church on Sunday  to commemorate his father's 1967 Beyond Vietnam speech, saying he  always had mixed feelings about celebrating the holiday.

"When we think about a holiday usually it means pause, relaxing. This holiday is not about pausing and relaxing. It's about getting engaged. We did not achieve the realization of the dream last year and so every January, if we do not achieve it in the previous year we start anew," King said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the ongoing fight against inequality in the United States.
Joining the National Action Network for its annual MLK Day breakfast in Washington, Biden remarked on the legacy of the civil rights movement and, in particular, voting rights.

"I think we're on the brink of bringing 11 million people out of the shadows on a path to citizenship, making us not only a more humane country, but a more economically successful country," Biden said. "I think we're in the process of guaranteeing that no one who works 40 hours a week has to live in poverty. We're going to raise that minimum wage."
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.on April 4, 1968.

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