As we were planning Freedom City 2017 we reached out to the legendary Motown Records recording artist Stevie Wonder. Our great friend Keith Harris, Stevie’s former manager flew to LA to tell Stevie of our plans for the celebrations. Keith had been Stevie’s manager when he had campaigned to create Martin Luther King day in the States. Stevie was fascinated by the story of King coming to Newcastle and asked to meet us when he performed at Hyde Park. He listened carefully to our plans and told us we needed to “ensure that the celebrations brought everyone together, irrespective of their race, colour, religion or who they chose to love”. Thank you Stevie for your inspiration.