International activism

Elihu Burritt visits Newcastle

Over a century before one internationally renowned American peace activist, Martin Luther King Jr, visited Newcastle Upon-Tyne, the city played host to another on the 13th of November 1846. The Newcastle Peace Society, which for over fifty years had been the hub of Tyneside's peace movement, welcomed Elihu Burritt to Newcastle for a lecture espousing the principles of peace. Born in Connecticut in 1810, Burritt was a visionary peace activist who dedicated his life to struggling against slavery and other issues of peace and justice.

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