Journey to Justice (JtoJ) galvanises people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements and the arts. We are a volunteer led human rights education charity with supporters all over the UK.
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 a formerly all-white school there in 1957, despite the danger. She was moved by how they risked their homes, jobs and lives in doing so and she wanted to tell those stories in the UK. There was tremendous support for the idea and in October 2013 Journey to Justice was born, created by people who believe in the power of ‘ordinary people’ to change the world.
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, from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. King’s call for solidarity is a message that transcends time, place and issue and is evoked by people fighting for social justice on every continent.
Our main project is a touring exhibition focused on the US civil rights movement and its music which tells the extraordinary story of some of the less well-known women, men and children involved. We also highlight some of the many struggles for freedom in the UK. The exhibition and related activities examine key events, themes and tactics, demonstrating what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns. We illustrate how the US civil rights movement has affected people in the UK, and worldwide and helped inspire subsequent women’s, peace and gay liberation movements. As the exhibition travels, it links with local communities, incorporating lessons from UK campaigns for freedom, equality and human rights. Using arts and intergenerational activities, we show how change for social justice can happen led by ‘people like us’.