DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (WABC) — Americans across the country are paying tribute today to civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Yesterday, Dr. King would have been 93 years old. President Biden spoke during a Sunday service at Ebenezer Royal Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Dr. King’s only living sister attended Biden’s speech.

“We must choose community over chaos, are we that people are going to choose love over hate?” – said Biden. “These are the vital issues of our time and the reason why I am here as your president. I believe Dr. King’s life and legacy show us what we should be paying attention to.”

Several events will be held in the five boroughs to honor Dr. King, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual tribute.

The event will be attended by Governor Kathy Hachul and Mayor Eric Adams, as well as civic leaders and community members.

“Let’s make this a great day of community service,” said Yolanda Renee King, Dr. King’s granddaughter. “Day of brotherhood. Sisterhood Day. A day to use your platform for good.”

Sixty years ago, Dr. King organized the pivotal March on Washington in August 1963, where thousands of people came out in support of civil rights.

Reverend Al Sharpton will hold an event in Brooklyn later this evening when he returns from D.C.

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