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Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University
A remarkable event the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King makes a powerful speech on a unique visit to Newcastle University.
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins
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On 13th November 1967, an audience are gripped by an impromptu speech against racism, poverty and war by the great American civil rights leader, radical Baptist preacher, and holder of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King, as he accepts an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the Duke of Northumberland at Newcastle University.
Martin Luther King is most famously remembered for his inspirational I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, delivered to a crowd of more than 250,000 people. It is now considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and certainly influential in the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tragically, it was a mere five months after his Newcastle University acceptance speech that Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated in a Memphis motel in Tennessee.
Sixty-four Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
African Sculpture Exhibition in Weymouth
News 1979 1 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
Regent of Abyssinia in London
Non-Fiction 1924 0 mins Silent
Abyssinian state ministers visit London during Prince Regent Haile Selassie's diplomatic tour of Europe.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins Location: Nottingham
Nottingham welcomes Britain's first black magistrate.
Black Sheriff of Nottingham
Magazine and Review show 1989 8 mins Location: Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins Location: Handsworth
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Town Moor Fair Scenes
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All the fun of the fair in this Victorian film, made in the early years of Newcastle's famous Hoppings
Military Sunday in Newcastle
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A marching band leads the parades with the Boer War still raging
Percy Hedley School
News 1970 17 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Being wheelchair users is not a barrier to these children doing slaloms or throwing javelins, gaining confidence and changing perceptions.
Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What Can be Done To-Day
Comedy 1938 6 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s no use crying over spilt ink ... a cautionary comic office tale of calamity and dilly-dallying on Tyneside.
Amateur film 1965 5 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A young boy’s generosity costs him dear when he is conned out of his mother’s cash for ice cream.
Magazine and Review show 1976 3 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A ringside seat in Newcastle upon Tyne to see some women warriors of wrestling in a 1970s All Stars promotion.
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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