Journey to Justice

Journey To Justice

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Our mission is to inspire people, through learning from past and present human rights struggles to take action for social justice.

We aim to:

  1. Reawaken public awareness of the long history in the UK and globally of individuals and movements who take a stand for freedom, equality and human rights.
  2. Educate through creative arts and multimedia programmes which excite debate.
  3. Motivate people to see that injustice can be challenged and that they have the knowledge and skills to play an important role in bringing about change.
  4. Empower people to take practical action for social justice, encompassing an intergenerational approach.
  5. Build a network of people working for social justice

‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’
(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963)

Dr. King’s belief that our lives are inextricably interrelated and his call for solidarity is a message that transcends time, place and issue and the US civil rights movement remains a universal symbol for people fighting for social justice on every continent. Our first project will be a mobile exhibition focused on the US civil rights movement, starting with the iconic music of the time to tell the extraordinary story of the men, women and children involved. The exhibition and related activities will examine key events, themes and tactics, demonstrating what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns. We will illustrate how the civil rights movement was influenced in part by the history of dissent in the UK and the US movement affected people, organisations, government and culture in the UK and worldwide. It also helped inspire subsequent women’s, peace and gay liberation movements. As the exhibition travels, it will partner with local communities, incorporating lessons from UK campaigns for human rights. Using arts and intergenerational activities, we will show how change for social justice can happen led by ‘people like us’.

Click here to read about Journey to Justice in the Tottenham Journal

Who are we?

We are a group of educators, youth, community, human rights and faith organisations, artists, film makers, lawyers, musicians, historians, curators and trade unionists (see steering group below). Our patrons are: Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the Commission of Racial Equality and founder of Kick It Out – an anti-racist football project. Paul Stephenson, OBE, community worker, civil rights activist and leader of the successful 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott against the colour bar. Please see the list of some of our advisers below.

Why the US civil rights movement?

US civil rights history offers us a dramatic example of how powerful leadership and a non-violent cross racial alliance emerged to challenge vicious repression. Interest in Martin Luther King and the story of the movement is strong in the UK as evidenced during last summer’s commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The relevance of the movement goes well beyond its American-ness, nor is it solely connected to racism, but also extends to its universal aspects – concern for economic justice, poverty, war and materialism. In the same way as the story of Gandhi and Mandela resonate in the UK – and the struggles they led will be included in our project, we will focus on key themes to be found in all human rights movements – courage, solidarity, oratory and tactics including the use of music and song. Paul Stephenson was motivated by the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Dr King’s imprisonment. Many individuals, UK institutions and government policies were profoundly influenced by the US civil rights movement and its music became part of our culture.

‘This is an important project at a time when it is sorely needed to let our young people learn about past injustices. Stories like the Bristol Bus Boycott campaign and the civil rights struggle help to nurture understanding and tolerance against hate and violence’. (Paul Stephenson OBE)

Freedom Songs: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Why a travelling exhibition?

Exhibitions bring people together and make an impact in a visceral and lasting way and enable face-to-face discussion. They can facilitate active partnerships within communities and provide space for people to reflect and inspire each other and respond via discussion, music, poetry, art, photographs or storytelling. We will be able to maximize attendance via our networks throughout the UK. Symbolically, the mobility of the exhibition is appropriate to the way the civil rights movement was present throughout the USA. A travelling exhibition will enable more people to visit than if it was static. We plan to transport it in a replica of the Rosa Parks bus.

Why in the UK now?

The history of the UKcombines examples both of the denial of rights and proud struggles for freedom, equality and the rule of law. The UK has been a place of refuge for centuries and African, Asian, American, American and other activists saw the UK as a secure and sympathetic place from which to campaign and gather support. This part of our heritage is not well known and we want to elevate it. Telling the story of the US and UK civil rights movements including the music, literature, poetry and films they generated will enable visitors, especially young people, to understand the legacy we have inherited and the hard work and sacrifice involved.

At a time of growing poverty, inequalities of wealth, education and employment and global insecurity, many feel a sense of helplessness and alienation. There is growing public concern about the decline in participation, trust and engagement and the riots of 2011 and almost one million unemployed young people are evidence of the urgent need for new solutions. Many young people, especially white working class, black and Muslim youth feel disenfranchised by a system which they believe is denying them opportunities. Individualism rules and people have forgotten the history of movements for change which, when taught in an engaging way, can help inspire us to think about non-violent collective means to create a more just society.


The response to JtoJ has been tremendous, striking a chord with many who are concerned about injustice now. We will pilot the programme in Newcastle and Sheffield in 2015 and launch in 2016. Key people in education, museums and the arts in Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Norwich, Cardiff, Newport and London have expressed serious interest in bringing Journey to Justice to their cities.

Contact: Carrie Supple, project director


The Steering Group

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC founder of human rights law firm Bindmans LLP; Chair of British Institute of Human Rights 2005-13. Legal adviser to the Race Relations Board 1966-1983.

Anneka Bhosle is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and an experienced curator and archivist.

Pat Boyer has taught in inner London schools for 40 years (20 as a Head) and lectures on Equity and Achievement in the US and UK. The school where she was Head is twinned with Xolani School, S. Africa.

Sophie Bloch-Stewart is a graduate of American Studies, spent a year at Tulane University, is conducting research for this project and works with Faith Matters on Syria.

Janet Browne (Deputy Chair) Programme Manager, Black Heritage and Culture, Victoria and Albert Museum and Learning Manager, Black Cultural Archives.

Abdi Cadani is a cameraman with CBS News in London. He has made films for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera on news and current affairs and worked on community-based projects.

Flo Codjoe (Development Officer) & Andy Koumi (Manager) at Exposure, a youth media charity supporting young people to improve their confidence, communication and employability skills.

Professor Mary Davis FRSA is visiting Professor of Labour History, Royal Holloway, University of London. Widely published. Her research is centred on black and women workers.

Will Essilfie has years of experience as an education researcher and project manager. He worked for Apples and Snakes and as a Global Youth Work Co-ordinator and is now studying for a PhD focused on the impact of arts in education.

Mark Galloway is a PR consultant specializing in community events and corporate sponsorship. He managed Tottenham’s hit Everybody Dreams campaign in 2012.

Dr Elizabeth Henry is National Adviser for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns at the Church of England. She is a public health& equalities specialist and was Chief Executive of ROTA (Race on the Agenda).

Mark Hutchinson (Chair) is a secondary school teacher of History and Religious Education in Sheffield. He has also worked as a Black and Minority Ethnic teacher adviser.

Hannah Ishmael is Assistant Archivistat the Black Cultural Archives.

Sheri Lawal – is Director of CHOICES (London) CIC for community development &youth empowerment.

Sean Pettis is Project Coordinator for ‘Facing Our History, Shaping the Future’ at Corrymeela, N. Ireland. He has been involved in peace and reconciliation and active citizenship since 2000.

Jacob Whittingham is programme director at SE1 United – a youth-led organization for social change, education and engagement.

Martin Spafford, is Head of History at George Mitchell School in Waltham Forest, a Fellow of the Schools History Project and a member of the Black and Asian Studies Association.

Sarah Stewart is a communications specialist with 25 years’ experience in branding, strategy, media and PR at Christian Aid where she produced major photo exhibitions

Veena Vasista focused on embedding human rights principles into social policy for 20 years and is now a conscious creativity midwife, specializing in conflict and change.

 People who have advised Journey to Justice to date

 Race equality/Social justice/community

  • Rob Berkeley, Director, Runnymede Trust.
  • Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote.
  • Jenny Bourne, Institute of Race Relations
  • Gillian Walnes MBE, Executive Director; Grace Nelson, Regional Project Co-ordinator, Yorkshire& Humberside; Shona Gibbs, Programme Delivery Manager, Anne Frank Trust
  • Professor Francesca Klug, OBE, Director of the Human Rights Futures Project, LSE.
  • Derek Bardowell, former Dir. of Education, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
  • David Lammy, MP for Tottenham
  • Sona Mahtani, Chief Executive, Selby Trust, Tottenham
  • Dr. Edie Friedman, Director, Jewish Council of Racial Equality.
  • Liz Cadogan, Social Justice consultant
  • Don Flynn, Director, Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Angie Kotler, Managing Director, The Forgiveness Project.
  • Abby Kegg, Trust Manager, Ben Kinsella Trust.
  • Chris Coates, Librarian, TUC.
  • Kwaku, History consultant,
  • Marcia Saunders, participant in voter registration drive, Tennessee, 1964
  • Lillian Gerber, Youth worker, Pinpoint Mentoring Co-operative.
  • Patrick Taylor, Head of Programmes and Delivery, Envision
  • Dave Morris, Campaigns Officer, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces.
  • Jason St. John – RMT official
  • Margaret Harris, Emeritus Prof of Voluntary Sector Organisation, Aston University.
  • Sophie Henderson, Director and Emily Miller Education Officer, Migration Museum.


Human rights and faith-based

  • Dr. Robert Beckford, Theology & Religious Studies, Canterbury Christchurch University.
  • Abigail Morris, Director, Jewish Museum.
  • Rabbi Shoshana Boyd-Gelfand, Director, JHub.
  • Harriet Crabtree, Director, Interfaith Network for the UK.
  • Elizabeth Henry, National Adviser for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns



  • Rachel Hasted, researcher/consultant, Inclusive Representation in Public History.
  • Professor Paul Gilroy, Cultural Studies, Kings College.
  • Ira Katznelson, Professor of Political Science and History, Colombia University, NYC.
  • Siobhan Warrington, Director, Oral Testimony Works
  • Professor Brian Ward, Head of American Studies, Northumbria University
  • Dr Stephen Tuck, Oxford University
  • Clodagh Miskelly, Consultant, Participatory Research and Communication.
  • Dr Michelle Johansen, School and Community Learning Officer and Stefan Dickers, Library and Archive Manager, Bishopsgate Library.
  • Professor Robert Cook& Professor Clive Webb, Sussex University, American Studies
  • Professor Philip Davies, Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library
  • Dave Rosenberg, teacher, writer, activist and tour guide.


Museum/archives contacts

  • Sue McAlpine, Curator, Hackney Museum.
  • Mark O’Neill, Head of Glasgow Museums.
  • Piotr Bienkowski, Cultural Consultant.
  • Joanne Rosenthal, Curator, Jewish Museum
  • Claire Ackroyd, Learning and Outreach Manager, Bradford Museums.
  • University College London Museum Studies Departments.
  • Dr. Rob Perks, Curator of Oral History, British Library.
  • Lucy Johnson, Exhibition Officer, National Museums Liverpool
  • Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections & Engagement, People’s History Museum
  • TEG (Touring Exhibitions Group)
  • Clare Stephens, Archivist &Deborah Hedgecock, Curator, Bruce Castle Museum.
  • Social Justice Alliance of Museums – Francoise McClafferty
  • Susie Fisher, Director, the Susie Fisher Group.
  • Zoe Dennington, Learning & Events Programming, The American Museum in Britain
  • Inbal Livne, Collections Manager, Powell-Cotton Museum.


Funding and strategy

  • Charlotte Langley, Capital Campaign Director, Vitalise.
  • Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research, Institute of Fundraising.
  • Eugenie Harvey, Director, The Funding Network, Global.
  • Professor Barry Supple, CBE, FBA, Former Director of the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Rachael Ward, fundraising consultant.
  • Richard Boulton, Business Planning
  • Terence Finley, Adviser in the North East
  • Marie Gilmour, Business Planning
  • Jonathan Bloch, CEO, Exchange Data International.
  • Fiona Ellis, Director of Education, PFEG.
  • Amy Hinrichs, Development Manager, London Community Foundation
  • Andy Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, The Citizenship Foundation
  • Jennifer Oatley, Programme & Donor Relations Manager, London Community Fdn.
  • Danny Baldwin – Crowdfunding


Education – schools, FE and work-related

  • Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Queens University, Belfast.
  • Toyin Agbetu, Community Educator.
  • Denise Barrows, Head of Education and Learning, Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
  • Barbara Bleiman, Co-Director, English and Media Centre.
  • Asher Jacobsberg, Co-Director, Smart School Councils.
  • Nigel Rayment, Director, Magnified Learning.
  • Chris Rowe, Director, Navigation Learning.


Arts and Media

  • Franklyn Lane, Film and Media.
  • Tayo Aluko, writer, singer, actor.
  • Mary Spyrou, textile artist
  • Catherine Shrubshall, saxophonist
  • The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • Trish Kelly, ceramicist and artist
  • Ameena McConnell, Creative Fruits



  • Webster Wickham, Creative Designer, bwa design llp.
  • Carol Wilkins, freelance
  • Toby Treyer-Evans & Laurie Howell, Art Directors, Widen and Kennedy.
  • Bernie Donohoe, Vanishing Point Creative
  • Liv Wild, LMH education
  • Matt and Jill Matthews, brand designers

US: We are in touch with The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia; The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama; The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock Central High School, National Historic Site. We work with US organisations whose projects are focused on civil rights and social action: Facing History and Ourselves & Street Law, Inc. We also aim to work with, amongst others: I Am A Maninitiative in Memphis, the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Andy Goodman Foundation, Teaching Tolerance and the Center for Digital Storytelling’s All Together Now civil rights archive and are following the progress of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC opening in 2015.

Journey to Justice is advised by CIVA the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action Charity No. 1122095


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