Freedom City 2017

On 13th November 1967, Newcastle University awarded Dr Martin Luther King an honorary degree, the only UK university to do so in his lifetime. On accepting this award, Dr King made what was to be his final public speech outside of the US before his assassination in April 1968. In a moving address, he called for us to join him in the ongoing struggle against war, poverty and racism.

Freedom City 2017 brings together international artists, musicians, filmmakers, academics and community groups to inspire a new generation to contribute towards tackling the issues that Dr King spoke of in his acceptance speech.

Featured Events


Great North Museum: Hancock
7 Oct  -  1 Dec
A new work by Newcastle University's scholar-filmmakers Ian McDonald and Geetha Jayaraman. FREEDOM is a three-screen documentary installation that celebrates the political energy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Not as it is written: Black Pittsburgh in voice and image
Great North Museum: Hancock
7 Oct - 1 Dec
An international collaborative exhibition with an innovative participatory app free to download. Learn about race relations in Pittsburgh through the voices and pictures of African Americans who lived that history.

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