Journey to Justice is a
national human rights education charity
Our vision is: Everyone feels responsible for social justice & is active in promoting & ensuring it.
Our mission: To galvanise people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements & the arts.
The story of Journey to Justice began in 2012 when Carrie Supple visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas, USA. She heard recordings of African American parents who chose to send their children to an all-white school there in 1957, despite the danger. She was moved by how they risked their homes, jobs & lives in doing so & she wanted to tell those stories in the UK. There was tremendous support for the idea & in October 2013 Journey to Justice was born, created by people who believe in the power of ‘ordinary people’ to change the world.
As a group of educators, human rights activists and artists we identified the UK as a place of increasing inequality with many citizens feeling powerless and disconnected. Meanwhile the concept of human rights was under attack. We felt there was a lack of public memory about past struggles in our communities for social justice and human rights.
Coronavirus has intensified our stark social and economic inequalities, including the systemic racism highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. However, we have found a common desire – across political, regional, generational and cultural divides – to be involved in action for change.
We run training programmes and events and explore how advances in the protection of rights are hard won and can never be taken for granted. Using inspirational, universal stories from the US civil rights movement and UK struggles for freedom, we tell stories of less well-known men, women and children who were involved and we explore factors essential for a human rights movement to succeed. Our juke box of freedom songs, our photos and poetry exemplify the power of the arts at the heart of social justice. A second major project, launched in 2021 focuses on economic injustice.
From 2015- 2020, the exhibition toured to 15 sites in England and was seen by over 180,000 people. In each venue, people chose stories from their local communities, highlighting the role of ‘ordinary’ people in winning rights for all. Those stories are included in this online version of the exhibition.
The exhibition is a catalyst for complementary education and arts events. It harnessed local energies & histories, planned & delivered by our community partners. They recruited volunteers, cultivating skills & confidence to find a ‘voice’, starting with their own personal journeys.
We hope visitors to this site see how taking action can bring transformation, challenging division and despair. It might be in small ways as an individual or collectively – through music, showing solidarity with those who are abused, speaking out, joining a campaign or by your choice of work.
The exhibition brings together inspirational stories from the US civil rights movement and UK struggles for freedom. Start your journey by choosing a country to explore…