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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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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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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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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