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Upcoming Freedom City Events

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University, the Freedom City 2017 programme of events continues.

Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme of events organised in partnership between Newcastle University, Northern Roots and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, to commemorate Dr King’s visit to Newcastle.

Upcoming events include:

11 November: The launch of The Mighty Stream, a set of poems in celebration of Martin Luther King

16 November: Chain of Peace, a city-wide, multi-faith observance organised by Newcastle University chaplain, Catherine Lack.

Throughout November: Freedom, a film installation by Ian McDonald and Geetha J will run at the Great North Museum. Running alongside Freedom, Not as it is written, an exhibition that combines the spoken recollections of black Pittsburghers with historic photos from the world-class Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris archive on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art. 

The culmination of Freedom City 2017 will begin in November when – on the anniversary of Dr King’s honorary degree (13 November) – the University will award honorary degrees to four public figures in recognition of the contribution they have made in the fields of social justice and racial equality. To further mark the anniversary, a new statue of Dr King is set to be unveiled on campus.

Find out more about the momentous day in next month’s AlumNews.

For the full programme of events, visit the Freedom City 2017 website

Martin Luther King Jr. receives honorary degree from Newcastle University
Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s ceremony in 1967

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