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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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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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