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THE WORD Respect Rap Group to perform at Newcastle City Hall for Freedom City 2017


Students from Gosforth Academy, a local Chemistry teacher as the rapper and a voluntary respect hip hop group, THE WORD are staging three live shows at Newcastle City Hall on 21 and 22 November, as part of the Freedom City 2017 cultural programme. THE WORD will be addressing the issues of war, racism and poverty that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his impromptu speech at Newcastle University in 1967. The young people and the group have composed and…

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#MLK1967 – The Jeremy Deller intervention that got Newcastle talking!


On 13 November 1967 Dr Martin Luther King Jr made what was to be his final public speech outside of the US at Newcastle University. In the address, he called for us to join him in the ongoing struggle against war, poverty and racism. On, 13 November 2017, fifty years to the day after Dr King's speech, individuals recited parts of the speech around Tyneside, both live and over tannoy systems. Around 50 people learned these powerful words by heart,…

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Newcastle unites in celebration of peace


Representatives of different faiths will come together in Newcastle city centre to make a physical chain of peace, inspired by the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to the city. In keeping with Dr King’s view that love is ‘the unifying principle of life’, leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu communities will gather near the top of Grey Street, close to Lloyds Bank, on Thursday 16 November and link arms as a symbol of unity.…

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Statue unveiled in honour of Martin Luther King Jr.


A brand new statue of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled at Newcastle University, UK, on Monday 13 November to mark the anniversary of his visit to accept an honorary degree. The two metre tall bronze statue was especially commissioned to mark the occasion, and was unveiled by Ambassador Andrew Young, a close friend and colleague of Dr King’s and who accompanied him to Newcastle in 1967. The base of the statue is encircled by bronze lettering inset into…

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Civil rights advocates recognised with honorary degrees


Notable civil rights advocates have been recognised with honorary degrees from Newcastle University on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr receiving the same award. Fifty years to the day, a special ceremony took place in the University’s King’s Hall to commemorate Dr King’s visit and to remember his powerful acceptance speech, during which he called for us all to tackle the three ‘urgent and grave problems’ facing the world: racism, poverty and war. Andrew Jackson Young Jr,…

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EVERYDAY LIFE INTERRUPTED AS DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S WORDS ARE VOICED BY THE PEOPLE OF TYNESIDE 50 YEARS ON


In a new artwork by Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, passers by happen upon poignant speech recitations 50 years after the civil rights activist's visit to Newcastle. "...It may be true that the law cannot change the heart - but it can restrain the heartless. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can restrain him from lynching me..." Extract from Dr Martin Luther King Jr's degree acceptance speech, Newcastle University, 13 November 1967 Bakers,…

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New Tyneside Orchestra gives UK premiere in Newcastle concert celebrating the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.


On Saturday 18 November at St Nicholas Cathedral, New Tyneside Orchestra will be presenting a musical celebration of the life and achievements of Dr Martin Luther King Jr as part of Freedom City 2017 a city-wide programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. New Tyneside Orchestra (NTO) is made up of over 70 musicians and is one of the leading amateur symphony orchestras in the North East.  It has been bringing a wide range…

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Thousands unite as Tyne Bridge hosts epic civil rights performance


The Tyne Bridge was the setting for a spectacular performance at the weekend (29 October) celebrating the courage and sacrifice of those that have led the long march for civil rights. Official figures released by event organisers show that 5,000 people gathered for the finale on the Tyne bridge with up to 3,000 more watching the four different stories unfold in the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead. Held on Sunday 29 October as part of a commemoration of the 50th…

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KALPANA’S WARRIORS: Shahidul Alam


NEPN and Breeze Creatives present Kalpana’s Warriors, a photographic exhibition by leading international photographer Shahidul Alam as part of Freedom City 2017. Kalpana Chakma was a vocal and charismatic leader who campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area of Bangladesh. She was abducted from her home at gunpoint over 20 years ago by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and has never been seen again. Through this powerful installation,…

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Tyneside Cinema marks 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to Newcastle


Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 November 2017 This November, Tyneside Cinema present Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty & War, a special programme of visual art, film and events as part of Freedom City, the city-wide programme across Newcastle and Gateshead marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Each day, the programme is dedicated to one of the three evils facing society that Dr…

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