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The inside story of a King in Newcastle


The inside story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Newcastle in 1967 to accept an honorary degree is being told for the first time in a special exhibition. Unique archive material Using unique and, in some cases, never before seen material from Newcastle University’s archives and other sources, ‘To honour a great and good man’, reveals the preparation and planning that took place for Dr King’s visit. The exhibition, at the University’s Philip Robinson library, looks at what led…

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Northumbria academic to publish inside story of Martin Luther King’s historic visit to Newcastle


A fascinating new book about Martin Luther King’s historic visit to Newcastle University will be published next month by Newcastle Libraries’ Tyne Bridge Publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this landmark event. Martin Luther King in Newcastle by Northumbria University’s Professor in American Studies, Brian Ward, brings alive the historic significance and contemporary relevance of this episode in North East, British and US history. The book tells the inside story of Dr. King’s visit, explaining why he was…

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The North East Equality Awards celebrates its 14th anniversary


Equality North East is proud to announce that the 2017 North East Equality Awards is open for applications. In 2017 North East Equality Awards celebrates 14 years of outstanding equality and diversity practices across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Since 1997 Equality North East has had the privilege to work with some fantastic organisations and individuals who are committed to creating a fairer future for all. The past twelve months have seen some dramatic political changes both…

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New resources bring Dr King’s legacy to life for schoolchildren


A set of teaching resources inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. has been created to help young people today think about the issues of racism, poverty and war. Bringing a legacy to life for a new generation Aimed at students aged 7 – 16, the free pack contains lesson activities and ideas to help them explore the legacy of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. It has been created by researchers at Newcastle University, working with colleagues…

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQsFk4vZCk&feature=youtu.be 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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