Film ID: NEFA 21681 Video of NEFA Martin Luther King Interview SIX FIVE 13 NOVEMBER 1967: MARTIN LUTHER KING INTERVIEW 1967 Visitor TabsDescription A Tyne Tees Television interview with the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Clyde Alleyne a Tyne Tees reporter and announcer and the first coloured person to be seen on British television in such a role, talks to Martin Luther King about aspects of race relations in the USA and England. The interview is believed to have taken place during Martin Luther King's visit to the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on the 13 November 1967, where he received an honorary degree. The interview begins in close up on Dr King and in mid-sentence as he is presumably answering a question put to him by interviewer Clyde Alleyne regarding race relations. Dr King expands on the issue of those violent demonstrations against racial discrimination which have taken place in America. While acknowledging these have taken place Dr King assures Clyde Alleyne that violent outbursts are far from the norm. He suggests however that if the status quo remains, where for example housing or education are poor then this may compel some to angrier and violent protest. The camera pulls back revealing Dr King sitting behind a small table just in front of a wall-mounted blackboard, Clyde Alleyne to the left of the screen and to the right just off camera possibly an aide to Dr King Clyde Alleyne then tells Dr King that similar poor conditions exist in England for coloured people, and questions him as to whether legislation is the answer. Dr King replies that it is an option but not the only one. He suggests that England look to the US in order to avoid some of the problems they have experienced but he agreed that a firm application of law with regard to housing, jobs and education might help. The interview concludes with Clyde Alleyne thanking Dr King Context An American freedom fighter in Newcastle A rare interview with Dr Martin Luther King casts fresh light on black British broadcast history. This is a rare interview with a giant in the American civil rights movement: Dr Martin Luther King. Unseen for decades, Clyde Alleyne questions the dignified activist about British racism within months of his tragic assassination. King had just accepted an Honorary Doctorate at Newcastle University. Clyde Alleyne was Britain’s first black TV news reporter, a forgotten pioneer on Tyne Tees TV before breakthroughs for Barbara Blake Hannah and Trevor McDonald. Whilst Martin Luther King needs no introduction, Clyde Alleyne’s small but significant step for black British culture, and towards racial equality in British news broadcasting, is not remembered. Like Trevor McDonald, news anchor on ITV, he got his start on Trinidad and Tobago Television, launched in 1962, where he interviewed leading political personalities, and top entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and The Beatles. Only 27 years old, Alleyne joined Tyne Tees Television in May 1967 working on both the Six Five and Late Look news programmes. Less than a year later, right-wing Conservative Enoch Powell made black immigration a major issue with his incendiary ‘rivers of blood’ speech.