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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events programme for Newcastle

COMMON GROUND: From left - A Newcastle University official and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967

IN CELEBRATION of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University, museums, galleries, theatres and performance spaces across Newcastle and Gateshead will present a city-wide cultural programme to highlight the achievements of the civil rights movement and its founder.
 
The beloved icon picked-up his degree on November 13, 1967.

Through the programme, Freedom City 2017, organisers hope that a new generation will be inspired to tackle the three themes highlighted in Dr. King’s iconic speech; namely, ‘The problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war’.
 
International artists, musicians, performers, community groups and children and young people will all present new work as part of the year-long commemoration.
 
Vikki Leaney, Senior Festival and Events Manager at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said:

“Dr King’s impassioned speech at Newcastle University in 1967 highlighted three ‘urgent and great problems’ impacting the world.
 
“50 years on we are still feeling the effects of war, poverty and racism in our societies today. These issues impact on all of us, no matter of age, sex or race.”
 
For details of the event programme, click here.

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