Feedback – The Launch 07/02/20
It was an amazing evening and very inspiring. Thank you for inviting me to be part of it.
It is an excellent exhibition – just what is needed at this time to revitalise the need to keep shouting about injustices, while the artists and the campaigners show us what justice could look like. I love what you are doing and will make sure people get to see the exhibition.
I was completely spellbound by the launch. Congratulations on the most wonderful, inspiring event. The line-up was sensational. Thanks for all your hard work bringing this to Birmingham. I will set about spreading the word and will return to peruse properly at the earliest opportunity.
Councillor John Cotton (Cabinet member, Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities) spoke about the Birmingham’s long history of involvement with action for freedom and rights and its relevance for today. Read his blog:
https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/blog/birmingham-blog/post/345/how-past-journeys-to-justice-can-help-inspire-future-generations and his Tweet after the event: “Fantastic night at the launch of the @JtoJustice exhibition @LibraryofBham. It’s a superb, moving and utterly inspiring display. Here until April 27th and it’s not to be missed!”
The Launch, Friday February 7th 6-8pm at the Library of Birmingham, Broad St, B1 2ND
On Friday 7th February at the Library of Birmingham, saxophonist Soweto Kinch, gospel duet Samantha Jones and Markell, actor/director Tonia Daley-Campbell and social/community activist Duncan Moore will welcome Journey to Justice, the UK’s first major exhibition about the role of ‘ordinary’ women, men and children in the US civil rights movement and its impact on the UK.
We are delighted to announce that educator and playwright Don Kinch will cut the exhibition ribbon at the launch. Speakers also include Councillor John Cotton, Manjit Shellis from Birmingham Education Partnership and Mark Hutchinson on behalf of Journey to Justice.
The multimedia exhibition has been seen by 177,000 people in 14 places including Newcastle, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Liverpool, London, Leicester, Bristol and Dorset. With music, art, poetry, films and oral history, it is free to visit during library opening hours February 7th– April 27th.
Free admission but booking essential.
View the Press release
For group bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local stories of social justice and human rights
As relevant today as ever, the exhibition also tells less told stories of struggles for human rights in the West Midlands. Birmingham has an extraordinary history of immigration and solidarity in the face of injustice. The exhibition will highlight local stories: the Sparkbrook Association, a community-led campaign for decent housing and playgroups and workers’ struggles for rights and decent conditions; the Supreme Quilting and Burnsall strikes, led by determined Asian women in Smethwick; the remarkable stories of trade union leader Will Thorneand Irish musician Luke Kelly, whose activism was shaped by their working lives here; and the visit of Malcolm X to Birmingham.
We are delighted to be working with a range of primary and secondary schools – both in the classroom and at the exhibition. See schools’ flyer to discuss bookings and visits
US civil rights worker from Birmingham, Alabama is coming to Birmingham in April
Janice Kelsey was 14 when she joined the 1963 ‘Children’s March’ against racism in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story is one of many from the US civil rights movement told in the exhibition. Janice and her daughter Katrice are flying specially to Birmingham to be the main speaker at a celebration event on April 4th, the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. We will discuss what we can do about racism, poverty and war, the issues he highlighted and which are still with us today. Come to the NTCG The Rock, George Street West, Springhill, Birmingham B18 7HF from 14.00-17.00
Huge thanks to The Heart of England Community Foundation for their support
With thanks to our funders & supporters & all our partners in Birmingham and the West Midlands