Once spied on by the FBI, later hailed as an American hero by the likes of Bush II, Martin Luther King Jr. fought for equality and peace. His struggle is, sadly, just as relevant in today’s suspicious (i.e., racial profiling of Arabic/Middle Eastern people for starters), warmongering America as it was during the civil rights era. In the spirit of dispelling racism and advocating global peace, BAM presents its 19th annual tribute in honor of the man who helped bring egalitarian thought and action to the forefront of American discourse. Activist-chanteuse Melba Moore joins the celebration with a keynote address and sings the African American National Anthem, while Tony Award winner Lillias White performs with the Brooklyn Ecumenical Choir of Bedford Stuyvesant. Speakers include 2006 gubernatorial candidate and state attorney general Eliot Spitzer; City Council Speaker Gifford Miller; and many others. The event is followed by special screenings of The Untold Story of Emmett Till, a documentary about the brutal 1955 murder of a 14-year-old boy who allegedly whistled at a white woman. In Manhattan, the Jewish Community Center holds its third annual “Communal Birthday Celebration,” co-sponsored by Symphony Space, which gathers churches, synagogues, and community choirs to pay homage to King on what would have been his 76th birthday.