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Journey to Justice

Until Sunday 1 January 2017
Mezzanine Gallery
free

IN A NUTSHELL

This exhibition inspires and empowers people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements and the arts.

GO ON…

London’s East End has a long history of working class and antiracist struggle. Journey to Justice tell stories of less well-known men, women and children who were involved in the US civil rights movement and links them to local struggles and contemporary human rights issues including poverty and girls’ and women’s rights. And they explore what makes a human rights movement succeed.

The exhibition is accompanied by a complementary programme of education and arts based workshops and events in Tower Hamlets aimed at harnessing local histories and energy.

Journey to Justice connects formal learning with our own lives and choices and the real issues and concerns we face, motivating people to find the power to work together for change. The history of struggles for freedom and rights when taught in an engaging way can inspire people experiencing injustice to think about non-violent collective responses in order to create a more fair society. Their training is a unique combination of human rights related history, the arts of social protest and a study of tools and creative strategies to achieve change in their communities.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The exhibition is interactive and multi-media, including art and poetry. A jukebox plays freedom songs and you can watch films and listen to powerful interviews at the lunch counter installation. There you’ll read about the sit-ins at Woolworths throughout the US which defeated its segregation policy. Part of the exhibition will be dedicated to local, Tower Hamlets histories and how the US civil rights movement had a great impact on the UK.

Using a series of ‘bus stops’, Journey to Justice focuses on the stories of some of the less well-known men, women and children involved in the movement, people of all ages and ethnicities, whose voices are not often heard but without whom it would not have happened – people like ‘us’.

Join us for the opening day event.

WHO’S INVOLVED

Journey to Justice

The Journey to Justice travelling exhibition was created by a national team of volunteer researchers, teachers, curators, artists, musicians, activists, historians, students, young people, journalists and a-v experts working with our designers, HKD. Journey to Justice was launched in Summer 2014 at Conway Hall, London.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING

‘Through JtoJ, I found confidence to speak out. I learned about who changed history and that I can fight back without violence.'

‘I got my passion back as to why I work in engagement.’

‘JtoJ inspired me to focus more time and energy into researching and campaigning for marginalized people.’

WHY DOES RICH MIX MATTER?

'Rich Mix represents the world in London and offers a perfect, welcoming venue for everyone, celebrating the arts and their beauty and power to inspire action for justice.'

FIND OUT MORE

Website: www.journeytojustice.org.uk

Twitter: @freedomandjobs

Facebook: /journeytojustice.org.uk

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Suitable for ages 7+

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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