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September 2017


To Honour a Great and Good Man Exhibition Talk

Martin Luther King

Date: 19th September 2017

Location: Room 152, The Philip Robinson Library, Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HQ

Time: Refreshments from 5.30pm, talk starts at 6pm

The exhibition is part of Freedom City 2017, the city-wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King receiving an honorary degree at Newcastle University. Visit the Freedom City website for information on planned events.

Drawing on material from the University Archives held in Special Collections at Newcastle University Library, this exhibition tells the story of Dr King’s visit to Newcastle. It looks at what led to his nomination for an honorary degree, the communications and preparations building up to the visit and what happened on the day itself, as well as the aftermath and legacy of Dr King’s visit.

The exhibition was guest-curated by Professor Brian Ward, who we are delighted to say will be speaking about the exhibition at the Friends event. Brian is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University. Previously, he held the Chair in American Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2012), served as Head of the Department of History at the University of Florida (2000-2006), and taught at Newcastle University (1991-2000) and Durham University (1990-91). He is currently Chair of the British Association for American Studies. A historian of the US South and the civil rights movement, and a successful published author on the subject, Brian has just published his latest book, Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England.


Places for this event are limited so if you would like to join us please book a place by emailing lib-friends@ncl.ac.uk 



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