In November 1967 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr made a 48-hour trip to the UK to visit Newcastle University and accept an honorary degree.
In accepting the honour, Dr King made a moving and impromptu acceptance speech in which he spoke about the three ‘urgent and great problems that we face not only in the United States of America but all over the world today, that is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty, and the problem of war’. These issues are just as relevant today as they were in 1967.
Poignantly, this was to be his last speech outside the US: barely six months later, the world was shocked at his murder. In 2017, Newcastle University and partners across the city are marking the 50th anniversary of Dr King’s visit with a programme of activities under the banner of Freedom City 2017. Drawing on up-to-date academic research, the resources have been produced by staff at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities and local schoolteachers for the Martin Luther King Peace Committee as part of those commemorations.
To see the full programme of activities taking place as part of Freedom City 2017, visit www.freedomcity2017.com.
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