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.
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‘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 www.freedomcity2017.com
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