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MLK at BAM

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Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the 17th annual "Come Share the Dream" tribute taking place Jan. 20 at 11:30 am at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. The free event is presented by Borough President Marty Markowitz, BAM and Medgar Evers College.

The keynote address will be delivered by attorney Fred D. Gray (pictured), president of the Alabama State Bar Association and author of the book "Bus Ride to Justice" (River City, 1999). Gray defended Rosa Parks (who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus), King and the Montgomery bus boycott participants in the landmark 1950s U.S. Supreme Court segregation case. Gray also represented the victims - more than 600 black men - of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment in the 1970s.

Jazz vocalist Lizz Wright will perform with Voices from The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Free screenings of Julie Dash’s "The Rosa Parks Story" (2002), starring Angela Bassett, will follow at the BAM Rose Cinemas. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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