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“An Inescapable Network of Mutuality”: Martin Luther King and British Race Relations in the 1950s and 1960s


Event Description

On Martin Luther King Jr Day, this lecture explores Martin Luther King’s six visits to the UK, starting in 1957 and culminating in a remarkable journey to Newcastle upon Tyne in November 1967 -- his last trip outside the United States before his murder in April 1968. Along the way, we will encounter bureaucratic incompetence, a catering crisis, and unravel mysteries surrounding the security arrangements. Above all, we will see how King stressed links between the US civil rights movement and global struggles for freedom, justice, and opportunity, urging people to meet the challenges posed by the world-wide problems of war, racism, and poverty.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Brian Ward

Brian Ward is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University, having previously held chairs at the Universities of Manchester and Florida. His ten books include Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations, winner of an American Book Award and the Organization of American Historians’ James A. Rawley Prize for the best book on US Race Relations, and A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record, which won the Belmont Prize for the best book on country music. 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, recently praised as “The most detailed historical account of race relations in the North East yet written.”