Tyneside Cinema is putting on a series of free screenings of a BBC Newcastle special half-hour documentary about Martin Luther King’s visit to Tyneside in 1967 in conjunction with the release of the film Selma.
A King’s Speech – Martin Luther King on Tyneside, is narrated by Lenny Henry and tells the story of the African American civil rights activist’s visit to the North East region to collect an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle - the only university in the UK to honour Dr King in this way during his lifetime.
Dr King’s visit to Tyneside and to Newcastle University to collect his award was a remarkable occasion as he was only in the UK for 24 hours due to a jam-packed schedule of campaigning commitments.
The documentary, which first aired last June on BBC One in the North East and Cumbria, will be shown in the Digital Lounge at the Tyneside Cinema from 3.30pm on Thursday and then at various times on Friday (Feb 13), Tuesday (Feb 17) and Wednesday (Feb 18). For full details of timings and more information, visit www.tynesidecinema.co.uk