Beyond Martin Luther King Jnr:  250 Years of African Americans on Tyneside

Beyond Martin Luther King Jnr: 250 Years of African Americans on Tyneside

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Join Brian Ward from Northumbria University for a talk exploring over 2 centuries of African American connections to the North East region.

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In November 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr, famously visited Newcastle upon Tyne. It was the only time on his visits to the UK that the eminent civil rights leader ever ventured beyond London. Just a few months earlier the iconic rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix was also in town. And a decade later the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali spent a week on Tyneside. In this talk, Brian Ward unpicks the stories behind those three visits to put them in the context of more than two centuries of African American connections to the region, reminding us of an often hidden history of racial diversity in the North East.

Brian Ward is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University and former Chair of the British Association for American Studies. His ten books include the multi-award winning Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations (1998) and A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record (2018). He is also author of Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (2017), praised in North East History as ‘The most detailed historical account of race relations in the North East yet written.’

There is a small fee of £3 for this event which is payable on the day.

There will be limited copies of Professor Ward's book " Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England " available to buy on the evening for £12 per copy. Cash only.

Image thanks to Paul Barry and Newcastle University Special Collections.

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