Educational Outreach

Freedom City 2017 aims to bring Dr King’s legacy to life for a new generation to empower them to contribute towards tackling the great problems of war, poverty and racism.

It is doing this by educating and informing young people on the themes of the speech. This is being done through a programme of workshops, a dedicated schools resource pack and projects being led by the Ouseburn Learning Trust and Teesdale School.

In this way, we hope to encourage young people think about the world they live in and how they can change it for the better.

Teachers' Toolkit 

set of teaching resources aimed at students aged 7-16 has been developed as part of Freedom City 2017, to help teachers and students explore the legacy of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. The materials include lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets, music recordings and presentation slides covering a wide range of subjects.

Ouseburn Learning Trust

The Ouseburn Learning Trust, a group of seven primary schools and one secondary schools in the east of Newcastle, have developed MLK-Tyneside-Fifty, a bespoke package of activities that challenge and stimulate thinking about Dr King's legacy and impact.

Teesdale School 

Students at Teesdale School are working towards an evening of music and art inspired by Dr King on 10 November. The art department is working on pieces reflecting on the themes of war, poverty and racism. The centrepiece of this exhibition will be a giant collage portrait of Dr King, contributed to by students from Teesdale School and others across the North East Learning Trust.

Freedom City Comics

Freedom City Comics Anthology presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside with each chapter focusing on a different era. Read the 16-page comic here.

Image: Christ Church CE Primary School, Newcastle performing at the 49th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree
Image: Artwork by Miranda Lloyd, a Year 10 student at Teesdale School and Sixth Form