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Newcastle to celebrate King’s legacy


Schools, community groups and academics are to join forces with international artists and musicians for a city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King being given an honorary degree by Newcastle University. Bringing a legacy to life Highlights of the Freedom City 2017 programme were launched to an invited audience of voluntary and community groups, representatives from cultural venues and other key partners from across the city. The event, which took place in Newcastle University’s King’s Hall,…

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Freedom City 2017 awarded Ambition for Excellence funding from Arts Council England


Freedom City 2017, a city-wide celebration across Newcastle to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University, has been awarded funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme. On 13 November 1967 Newcastle University awarded an honorary degree to Dr King - the only UK university to recognise him in this way during his lifetime. In a passionate and moving address delivered in the University’s King’s Hall, Dr King highlighted…

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Your chance to be Martin Luther King for the day


An artist's model is being sought for a new statue of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, which will be unveiled as part of the Freedom City 2017 programme. The new bronze statue is being created to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader being awarded an honorary degree by Newcastle University The unveiling of the statue will take place next year and forms part of Freedom City 2017, a city-wide programme of events celebrating the anniversary of Dr King’s…

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Celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle


Newcastle will take centre stage in 2017 when it hosts a city-wide programme of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King visiting Newcastle University. Freedom City 2017 Plans for the festival, called Freedom City 2017, were launched at a special event for community groups, cultural organisations, Newcastle and Gateshead local authorities and other partners who will be involved in the two year programme. The event was also attended by His Excellency Matthew Barzun, the US Ambassador to…

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