John Hume, the former leader of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party and member of the British and European Parliaments, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his role in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement, which called for an end to the violence in Northern Ireland and a new, equality-based form of government for the nation. In his Nobel Lecture, he quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59), whom he called “one of my great heroes of this century,” concluding with the words “We shall overcome.”
Hume will be the keynote speaker at Boston University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration on Monday, January 16, at 1 p.m. in the GSU’s Metcalf Hall. He spoke to BU Today about the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, the importance of nonviolent political and social movements, and the need to respect diversity in the ongoing struggle for human rights.
Click here to listen to the interview. Approximate running time 15 minutes.