50th anniversary of Martin Luther King speech

Martin Luther King, pictured here in 1967, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Newcastle University Credit: Newcastle University

It's 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King gave his speech of hope to more than 200,000 people campaigning for political freedom in Washington DC.

The speech established him as the most important leader of African American's struggle for equality.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year, 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was passed.

In 1967, Martin Luther King was awarded an honorary degree at Newcastle University.

On hearing of his award, he made the 6,000 mile round trip from America to the UK to visit Newcastle and pick up his award in person.

Newcastle University is the only university in the country to honour Dr King in his lifetime.