Footage surfaces of Martin Luther King at Newcastle University

Footage of Black Civil Rights leader Dr Martin Luther King visiting Tyneside just months before his assassination has been found. The film shows the civil rights leader addressing a crowd at Newcastle University in 1967.

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Black and white film shows civil rights leader speaking in Newcastle

After being hidden away for many years in the archives of Newcastle University, footage of the famous civil rights leader Martin Luther King has resurfaced just in time for the university's anniversary of Dr King's visit in 1967.

Martin Luther King was awarded an honorary degree by Newcastle University on November 13th 1967 and given the title of Honorary Doctor of Civil Law.

The new footage shows the civil rights campaigner receiving his award and addressing a crowd of hundreds of Newcastle lecturer and students.

"The footage is something that we've had for many years in our archive but it wasn't straight away that its significance was realised.

It was a very big deal for the university that he came all the way to the UK just to come to Newcastle."

– Eric Cross, Dean of Cultural Affairs at Newcastle University

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