Martin Luther King In Newcastle Book Launch 13 September

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Wednesday 13 September. 6pm.  Martin Luther King In Newcastle 

Launch of book Martin Luther King In Newcastle Upon Tyne:  The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England. (Tyne Bridge Publishing)

Brian Ward makes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1967 the starting point for an examination of the city’s and region’s engagement with global struggles for freedom and equality over several centuries. Ward argues that past racial and ethnic relations profoundly inform the present and still remain tellingly relevant today.

City Library, Newcastle.

To book place go to

‘As a young kid I was drawn to the sound of southern black America, I followed the path of the many great bluesmen who came to perform in my home city of Newcastle, to find my own. The North East has always embraced black Americans and I was very proud that we recognised the brilliance and importance of Martin Luther King and later Muhammad Ali, who had his marriage blessed by an Imam in a South Shields mosque. This book explains the history and politics behind those visits and reminds us that Martin Luther King’s message is as vital today as it ever was – and I, too, still have a dream…’ (Eric Burdon, former singer Animals).

Freedom City 2017 is a city wide  programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree at Newcastle University. Freedom City 2017 takes place at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the year, culminating in a series of centrepiece events in November 2017. For more information, visit

Includes Exhibition  07 September to 30 November.  8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Newcastle University Philip Robinson Library, Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HQ


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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