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Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)

On Monday 16th January, children in schools, community centres and other organisations are invited to answer a special Big Question posed by Professor Sugata Mitra to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, as part of Freedom City 2017. Along with people all over the world, you will have the opportunity to engage with Dr King’s ideas and form your own response to the Big Question – exploring the themes of connectivity and King’s legacy within an increasingly global society.

For the first time ever, you will be able to answer the same Big Question on the same day as many other groups across the world. We will also be collecting your responses to the Big Question through Facebook and Twitter – adding an extra dimension of connectivity to a SOLE session.

You can answer this Big Question wherever you are and however you like – using words, images, videos, technology, performance, artwork or anything else you can think of!

If you would like to join the global conversation, you can add your responses to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #FreedomCity2017 or #SOLE, and use these hashtags to browse the responses of other groups.

The Big Question

“How is a massively connected world different to the one we have now and different to the one Dr King was in 50 years ago?”

All are welcome to join in with this special event, if you like, you can let us know that you will be taking part by filling in our online form.

Freedom City 2017

Freedom City 2017 is a cultural celebration across Newcastle upon Tyne marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Commemorating the themes of Dr King’s passionate speech in Newcastle – his final public address outside America before his assassination – Freedom City 2017 explores what Dr King called ‘urgent and great problems’ all over the world; ‘the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war’.

Taking place throughout the year, Freedom City 2017 culminates in a series of major cultural events in November, including Freedom City on the Tyne – a mass public march across NewcastleGateshead’s iconic quayside.

Freedom City 2017 features work by international artists, musicians, filmmakers, academics and community groups in a city-wide celebration of everything Dr King stood for – freedom, togetherness, empowerment and respect.

For more information, visit

Freedom City 2017 is a partnership between Newcastle University, Northern Roots and NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

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