Journey to Justice

Sheffield Live: Voices of Equality

Watch a short film of JtoJ Chair Mark Hutchinson introducing our exhibition on Sheffield Live TV.

BBC Look North: Newcastle Launch

Local news item to promote the Footsteps to Freedom exhibition in Newcastle.

Footsteps To Freedom, Newcastle 2015

Filmed by Hugh Kelly of Swingbridge Media and edited by Professor Steve Hawley at the School of Art at Manchester Met. A huge thank you to Steve for capturing our story:

London pilot of Journey to Justice workshops

Thanks to funding from Awards For All (The Big Lottery) and Land Securities, we are running a pilot of our workshops focused on: the history of human rights movements; the arts of social protest; what is social change and how you can you be part of it, developing communication and team skills. A group of 13 young people from George Mitchell School, Leyton will be taken through a seven week course led by Martin Spafford who has many years’ experience of teaching history, with colleagues and volunteers. Sessions are interactive, with visiting speakers, challenging them to think about social change and their role in making it. There will be a local celebration event and on February 25th our patron Lord Herman Ouseley and Lord Jeremy Beecham will host us at the House of Lords where the group will share their learning with guests.

watch a short film made by Winstan Whitter about our Leyton pilot.

Selma Screening

We are thrilled at the response to our three preview screenings. All events were full – London and Newcastle sold out of tickets and had waiting lists. We raised enough funds to support some of our education projects in the forthcoming Newcastle pilot and to give Sheffield a healthy start to its pilot. Thanks to: Pathe Films, our volunteers, superb speakers and to everyone who supported us

What Do You Think About Our Plans?

Professor Brian Ward, Fred Suadwa, Lord Jeremy Beecham and Anya Bonner in Newcastle-upon-Tyne talk about the importance of learning: from struggles for human rights all over the world and how change can happen; the meaning of economic, social and legal justice and the need for vigilance against the exploitation of insecurities and fear.

What can the civil rights movement and its links to the UK teach us?

People in Liverpool and Bradford talk about: how we need to be inspired, learn from past mistakes, unite, stand up and speak out – now more than ever and the importance of education about human rights struggles from all over the world.

We can all make change happen

People in Manchester and Glasgow talk about: the need for action if we want to preserve the rights and access to welfare which were so hard won, especially for women; the need for empathy and understanding of each other and how history can help us tackle human rights abuses today.

The Ira Grupper Interviews

Dr Ira Gruper talks about how he joined the US civil rights movement as a school boy when his father took him to a demonstration in New York in solidarity with the Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins. Ira became part of the Student Non-Violent Co-ordinating Committee in Mississippi, went to prison and has been active in social justice movements ever since.

Journey to Justice launched through song, dance, poetry, film and speeches

On Saturday 21 June 2014, Journey to Justice hosted a night of the music and arts of human rights movements in Conway Hall, London. Attended by 350 people, with 45 performers and 40 volunteers, many spoke afterwards of feeling inspired to take action for social justice whether at work or in their neighbourhood or community.

Main speakers were three of our patrons Leyla Hussein, co-founder of Daughters of Eve and campaigner against gender based violence; Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, who spoke about the need for people to campaign for justice and Lord Herman Ouseley who addressed us via video and described the ‘walks to freedom’ taken by so many.

Compered by our Chairman Mark Hutchinson, performances included the David Idowu Choir  (formed in memory of David, who was a 15 year old victim of knife crime); Tayo Aluko (Call Mr Robeson); Streetz Ahead dance; UCLU Jazz Society; Zena Edwards, poet and singer; Jo Clarke in memory of Nina Simone and Wayne Marshall singing civil rights anthems. A feast of food and drink – donated by generous supporters was enjoyed by all during the interval.

June 21 2014 was the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman in Mississippi and our launch was dedicated to their memory. We concluded with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, a king of social protest music. Huge thanks to everyone who made it such a success.

See feedback and photographs of the launch here


Martin Luther King speaks – at Newcastle University, 13th November 1967

Journey to Justice is delighted to introduce you to a wonderful short film made for us by Exposure, one of our partners and an award-winning youth media charity supporting young people to improve their confidence, communication and employability skills. They have taken part of Dr King’s speech on accepting his honorary degree from Newcastle University. Five months later he was shot dead.

MLK’s words are so powerful, Exposure produced this film to bring each phrase to life and share with the world. For what he says is still so true for today. The work goes on. Thank you Exposure…


Journey to Justice will pilot the US civil rights exhibition in Newcastle next year partly because it was the only University in the UK to give Martin Luther King a degree.