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    MLK Jr. And The US Civil Rights Movement's Impact On The UK

    As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s epochal civil rights speech and the March on Washington, we look at some of the connections between Dr. King's work and the UK.

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and of Dr. King's pivotal "I Have a Dream" speech, an event that will be commemorated later on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in the very same spot where Dr. King spoke. Staff at the British Embassy are honoured to join people from across the globe in marking the anniversary. As we reflect on this historic occasion, we look at some of the connections between Dr. King's work and the UK

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    Martin Luther King at St. Paul’s Cathedral

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    MLK Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech / Via

    On his way to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Dr. King spoke at St. Paul’s about race relations in the UK. The video above is from his 1964 acceptance speech.

    When he spoke the day before at St. Paul's Cathedral, King said:

    “God is not interested in the freedom of white, black, or yellow men, but in the freedom of the whole human race.”

    Dr. King received an honorary degree from Newcastle University—the first UK university to honour him during his lifetime

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    In November of 1967, Dr. King received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Newcastle University. He travelled to the UK to receive this degree personally, and was invited to give an acceptance speech. Recipients traditionally did not give remarks, so the invitation to speak was a testament to Dr. King’s incredible oratory skills. He did not disappoint, holding his audience spellbound as he spoke of the struggle for racial equality.

    The Roots of Notting Hill’s famous Carnival

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    The Notting Hill Carnival began as a grassroots movement to strengthen Afro-Caribbean relationships in the immediate years after the August 1958 race riots in Notting Hill and Nottingham. Today, it is a celebration of different peoples and their racial and cultural identities, all within the UK.

    Held every August Bank Holiday Weekend in London’s Notting Hill neighbourhood, the Carnival continues to be the largest street festival in Europe, typically attracting over a million revelers.

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