Journey to Justice - Civil rights interactive exhibition in Library Of Birmingham Feb - April 2020

In the wake of Holocaust Memorial Day, where we think about human rights and justice for all people, there is news of an event coming to Birmingham. It is the Journey to Justice exhibition – which will be launched on the evening of Friday 7th February and will thereafter runas a free event until the end of April. If schools would like to book please contact via enquiries@birminghamlibraries.com). Please see refer below for more details about the exhibition.

 

Carrie Supple (organiser) writes:

Journey to Justice – Civil rights and Birmingham (Alabama)

Appropriate for pupils from Y5 upwards, it is an exhibition with a dynamic mix of photographs, music, poetry, art, audio-visual, interactive features, artefacts, installations (re-creating a sit-in lunch counter and the stage where Martin Luther King and others spoke on 28.08.63). Using a series of ‘bus stops’ and placards we focus on the stories of some of the less well-known men, women and children involved in the movement, people of all ages and ethnicities, whose voices are not often heard but without whom it would not have happened – people like ‘us’. We have chosen: Ruby Bridges and Barbara Henry (New Orleans school desegregation); Bayard Rustin (organiser); Jean Stallings (National Welfare Rights Organisation); a Memphis sanitation worker and his wife, Elmore and Peggy Nickleberry (economic justice and racism); A Freedom Summer Voter Registration volunteer, Marcia Saunders and Janice Wesley from the Birmingham Children’s Crusade. We also tell the story of the Greensboro Woolworths sit-ins at a lunch counter where visitors take part in activities and watch our a-v collection. Universal freedom songs play throughout, on our specially created juke box.

We demonstrate the range and number of struggles for freedom here over hundreds of years using a map of the UK and we highlight examples of how the US civil rights movement and UK history connect, including: the Bristol bus boycott, 1963; Malcolm X’s visits; the Tamla Motown Tour, 1965, a window ‘from the people of Wales’ for the bombed-out 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Al.

The exhibition examines what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns and what makes a human rights movement succeed e.g. motivation, vision, courage, tactics, empathy, organisation, understanding power, allies, leadership, persistence, sacrifice, publicity, training and funding,  building links between individuals which galvanise and raise morale.