Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice: Newham

Music and Freedom Project in partnership with Living Song  March and April 2018


The JtoJ travelling exhibition opens at Beckton Globe Library in Newham, east London (DLR Beckton) on Monday March 5th with a launch on Saturday March 3rd 15.00-17.00. With a strong focus on music and Newham stories we explore what makes action for social justice succeed. There will be linked events and workshops at Newham venues during the two month run – details to follow soon.

Living Song CIC is an East London based company working locally and nationally to help young people shine and develop through musical activity, in particular singing and creative vocal work. We work with a wide team of highly skilled and experienced artists who are in turn supported by a diverse community of young apprentices offering a model of life long learning:

Watch NewYVC at the Royal Festival Hall below



Dear Friend

You’re invited to the launch of the Journey to Justice exhibition in Beckton Globe Library (DLR Beckton)
on Saturday March 3rd at 3pm

Stories of action for social justice:
Amina Gichinga on the power of music
Maria Xavier on her father’s fight to end the railway ‘colour bar’
Goga Khan, one of the Newham 8, on Asian youth antiracism in the 1980s
Halima Hamid, Health is Wealth Newham
Leyla Hussein, anti FGM campaigner

Songs of protest and struggle from Newham choirs:
Living Song and New YVC
Solid Harmony
Forest Voices
ASTA singing group

Tea and a chance to see the exhibition of seldom told stories from Newham’s rich history of activism and the US civil right movement.

FREE but booking essential – go to


Some of the many local stories in the exhibition:

  • a London railwayman who forced a change when refused a job because he was Black
  • the campaign for proper safety standards in tower blocks after a Newham disaster
  • ‘domestic violence revolutionaries’ defending the rights of women with learning disabilities
  • school students who took action against racist attacks and to protect their youth club
  • Newham at the forefront of the struggle for access to legal aid for working-class people

We can run free workshops for school groups on most days (not Mondays), geared to your needs: KS2, KS3, GCSE, A Level, History, Citizenship, RE, Social Studies, PSHCE.

For any of the above workshops – as well as details of a CPD session for teachers – contact Martin Spafford at It may also be possible to bring workshops to your school, though we would have to charge for these.

For linked singing workshops contact Jane Wheeler at

Don’t miss the launch of JtoJ Newham Music and Freedom Project, Saturday March 3rd at 3pm in the Hall, Beckton Globe Library. It’s free but booking is essential (max 4 tickets each). Please tell all your friends, family, colleagues and networks

You are welcome to bring a group without booking a workshop. Please tell the library in advance: (020 3373 0853) so they know numbers to expect.

Interested in volunteering for JtoJ Newham Music & Freedom Project? Click here to find out how or email for a form:

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