Today is the day the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, though it is also the day the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne has launched a year-long commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.
Freedom City 2017 has pulled together huge outdoor events, art exhibitions, public displays, music and talks through academic programming to pay tribute to the inspiring figure, and his moving words. The address he made accepting the honour here was to be his last outside America, and was full of impassioned vigour, which is still as relevant today. Tackling the three horrors of war, poverty and racism, Dr King’s legacy is to give hope decades on.
This cultural programme spreads across the city and into Gateshead, with the Freedom City 2017 events throughout the year at venues including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Northern Stage, Live Theatre and Seven Stories. A new generation is to be inspired and it all starts today with a big question posed to school children by Newcastle University’s Professor Sugata Mitra.
With lots of events to look forward to over the coming months, visit Freedom City 2017 here, to find out more.