San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Civil rights historian Brian Ward will discuss the circumstances surrounding Martin Luther King's historic visit to Newcastle in 1967 and its legacy in the North East. He will explain how he unearthed long-lost footage of the remarkable impromptu speech that King gave when he received an honorary degree from Newcastle University and put the visit and speech in the context of King's career. We will show A King's Speech documentary which brought to light many local people who were present in 1967 when King came to Newcastle.
The event, which includes a wine reception, a welcome by Dr Nick Megoran, Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University and music by Bethany Elen Coyle, will feature screenings of both King's speech and the BBC documentary and a Question and Answer session.