Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of Newcastle

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. It is then fitting to post something on King that may be of interest, and not well known beyond colleagues in Newcastle.

Surely, one of the proudest moments at the University of Newcastle was when it awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law to Martin Luther King, Jr. on November 13, 1967. King was assassinated five months later.

The photo on the left was taken of King on the day. Further details of this award can be found here. In addition, there is actual film footage of King's speech to the university that can be found here! I highly recommend a viewing of the speech, given in our Armstrong Building . . . where Newcastle students continue to receive their degrees today.

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