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Graduates share their memories of Martin Luther King in Newcastle


  Former students of Newcastle University who were present when Dr Martin Luther King Jr. visited the city in 1967 to accept an honorary degree have shared their memories of that momentous day. Reflections on a civil rights icon The university alumni have taken part in a series of videos produced as part of Freedom City 2017 – the city-wide programme of events to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Among those…

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Three Days…a Queen, a Prince and a ‘King’ display – a 40 year commemoration


A display commemorating the July 1977 visits to South Shields of legendary heavyweight world champion boxer Muhammad Ali, and Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh opens on Saturday 8 July at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. The Three Days…a Queen, a Prince and a ‘King’ display in the museum’s stairwell consists of memorabilia from both celebrations including photographs, a ticket from the personal appearance of Muhammad Ali and a pair of boxing gloves he autographed.…

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Creative team announced for highlight Freedom City 2017 event


An internationally acclaimed theatre director, one of the UK’s leading producers and an award-winning playwright have been unveiled as the creative team behind one of the most ambitious arts events in the UK in 2017. Tim Supple, Mike Griffiths and Roy Williams have joined forces with Newcastle University, Northern Roots and NewcastleGateshead Initiative to present Freedom on the Tyne on Sunday 29th October 2017, an epic, processional performance inspired by civil rights struggles through the ages, culminating in a momentous…

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Freedom City 2017 City Wide Programme


Since we launched our city-wide programme on Martin Luther King Jr Day (Mon 16 January 2017), we’ve hosted an inspiring series of events, talks and conferences commemorating the themes of Dr King’s 1967 speech at Newcastle University. Highlights of the programme to date include Café Culture; thoughtful public discussions on culture, politics, philosophy and science. On 6 February we welcomed Assistant Professor in Private Law at the Durham Law School, Dr Benedict Douglas, to launch a debate around the roots…

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Event commemorates the international fight against racism


Image Credit: Patrick Lewis Freedom City 2017 featured at a special event in the Houses of Parliament to mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Racism. The theme this year is racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration. Organised by Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, the reception took place in the Speaker’s State Rooms and was attended by members of Parliament, members of the House of Lords, academics, businesses and representatives…

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Islamophobia prevents young Muslims playing bigger role in Scottish politics


Young Muslims could play a much bigger role in politics in Scotland but many are put off engaging too visibly because of Islamophobia, according to new research. A study carried out by academics at Newcastle University and the University of St Andrews found that the majority of young Muslims in Scotland are actively engaged in politics and public life, driven by an interest in political issues at both a global and community level. Many show this interest in a variety…

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Celebrating Women in Law: Inspiring the next generation


Iconic and influential black, Asian and minority ethnic women who have made a significant contribution to society through their work in, and using, the law will come to Newcastle later this month to speak about their experiences. The Inspirational BAME Women of the Law event has been organised by Newcastle Law School and brings together seven prominent women who have had outstanding success in using the power of the law to achieve social justice. Among the speakers will be Marcia…

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Debating the use of combat drones


The legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of combat drones in military action will come under the spotlight during a debate at Newcastle University later this week. The ‘Law and War’ event will cover the increased use of drones - unmanned aerial vehicles - in modern warfare and the role of lawyers in enabling strikes. The event has been organised by Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee, Newcastle Stop the War Coalition, and the Politics /…

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Prominent Civil Rights Activists to Speak at Martin Luther Who? Conference


Notable Civil Rights activists will be in attendance at Newcastle University Students’ Union’s (NUSU) Civil Rights Conference, ‘Martin Luther Who?’, on Saturday 18th February, which will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr King’s honorary degree from the University. The conference, which has been organised by NUSU, the International Development Society (IDS) and Freedom City 2017, will welcome speakers such as Muzoon al-Mellehan, Dr Kehinde Andrews, leader in the development of the Black Studies Degree at Birmingham City University, and…

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Year-long commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. launched in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


On the day the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday 16 January), the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, has launched a year-long commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Freedom City 2017 (www.freedomcity2017.com) will see large-scale outdoor events, exhibitions, public art, musical performances and an education and academic programme paying tribute to Dr King’s passionate and moving acceptance speech delivered at Newcastle University on 13 November 1967.…

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