The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored on Jan. 20 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and with a Fort Greene flash mob

Brooklyn celebrates Martin Luther King day

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MC BEEP: Borough President Adams oversaw the proceedings.
ALL HAIL: Sen. Charles Schumer reflects on King’s legacy.
A DREAM REMEMBERED: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the crowd.
TOP COP: Police Commisioner Bill Bratton offered his thoughts on the slain civil rights leader.
POWER COUPLE: Mayor DeBlasio and his wife Chirlane McCray paid homage to the civil rights movement.
BIG TENT: Officials gathered on Monday to pay tribute to the late agitator.
FREE AT LAST: Activist and academic Angela Davis gave the keynote address at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
DANCING IN THE STREET: A flash mob turned out on Atlantic and Carlton avenues in Fort Greene to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

We remembered King for a day.

Prominent Kings County residents gathered on Monday morning at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gillman Opera House to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Among them were African-American trailblazers Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s first black Borough President and the event’s master of ceremonies, and Ken Thompson, the borough’s first black district attorney.

Other officials spoke, including Mayor DeBlasio, his wife Chirlane McCray, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and Sen. Chuck Schumer. They all paid tribute to the late civil rights leader and touted their present-day agendas.

DeBlasio vowed to fight to keep Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital open, though he did not provide details of how he might do that, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Adams defended DeBlasio and McCray from criticism over the possibility of New York’s First Lady taking a position in the new mayoral administration, but did not specify whom he was responding to, the business publication reported.

The keynote address was delivered by Angela Davis, the activist, professor, and author whose latest cause is abolishing prisons.

Davis also introduced a screening of the documentary “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners,” which chronicles the movement that helped absolve her of kidnapping and murder charges for buying the guns used in a botched Black Panther courtroom takeover that left four men dead.

On Monday afternoon, youngsters from Fort Greene’s University Settlement formed a flash mob on Atlantic Avenue at Carlton avenue to honor the late reverend doctor. About 50 youths gathered for the occasion, dancing and waving signs bearing King quotes.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John from Bay Ridge says:
A shame that Angela Davis was given a platform at an event in remembrance of a leader in the non-violence movement. Davis is the antithesis of non-violence.
Jan. 20, 2014, 9:07 pm
Ken Stier from Ft. Greene says:
Jeez, this seems reporting-lite - and a kinda pathetic that a Brooklyn-based paper - make that The Brooklyn Paper - quotes from Crains, a Manhattan-based business outlet. (without even providing a hyper-link!)

And where were all the other Brooklyn outlets?!!

I for one would have liked to have 'heard' (read) some thing from Angela Davis and her Critical Resistance.

Instead we are treated to this bit of thin-skinned snarky reporting from Crains who had at least had someone there:

"At an event defined by peace and understanding, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams delivered several broadsides at media for unspecified attacks against Ms. Mark-Viverito and the de Blasio family."

And then he usefully quoted Adams.
Jan. 21, 2014, 2:11 pm

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