How Newcastle overcame race hate and inspired other cities – a new book tells the story

A book detailing how Newcastle overcame race hate to become a city offering inspiration to others has been released.

It has been written by Dr Hari Shukla and also documents his personal journey after arriving in the city in 1974.

He said the inspiration for his book, The Art Of Giving, was how often visitors would remark to him how well the different ethnic communities seemed to live together in Newcastle.

“Nobody asks how this happened,” he said. “I thought it would be nice if I write about race relations since 1974 when I came and when the situation was totally different. Read Mike Kelly’s article here

TWAFA Comment:  Another timely reminder of the great human rights heritage of Newcastle and the Northeast, from the anti-slavery campaigns, to the development of trade unions, to suffragettes linked to the city like Emily Davison, to the visit of Martin Luther King in 1967, to the anti-racism activities of today and so much more besides.

But, sadly, Hari Shukla  is right to  say we can’t be complacent. There are indeed many new challenges as we face the future. It is, however, helpful to know how much great  inspiration we can draw from our collective past

(c) TWAFA January 2018