An Introduction to Journey to Justice Leicester
Fifty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. marked his awareness of what he termed “the interrelatedness of all communities and states.” Writing from a prison cell in Birmingham, Alabama, King proclaimed:
In Autumn 2019, the Journey to Justice, Leicester project will broaden our knowledge of the injustices tackled by activists in the US civil rights movement. Just as importantly, it will also clearly demonstrate the links between the international justice which King sought and traditions and stories of local activism in our city of Leicester, tapping into the city’s diversity and vibrancy and its rich history of protest and activism.
The Journey to Justice exhibition will be at Attenborough Arts from 11 – 27 October 2019, forming part of the national Journey to Justice project. Alongside inspiring stories of the US movement, local researchers will also be showcasing stories of social justice activism from Leicester’s own past. We also want to capture forgotten or little-known stories of social justice from all across our city, from people of all walks of life. Specially trained helpers will be available to guide all-comers through the process of recording their stories. What does social justice mean to you? Have you been on a personal journey to justice? Are you a part of a hidden history that deserves to be known and shared? We’d love to hear your thoughts, story, or experiences.
Our Journey to Justice exhibition will be at the heart of a network of events across the city that will form Leicester’s very first, city-wide Festival of Social Justice. That season-long autumn festival will include interactive workshops, expert talks, film screenings, separate family and schools events, walks of justice and a whole host of other related events all across the city. We are already working with partners including the city’s two universities, The Race Equality Centre (TREC), Highfields Centre, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Curve, ArtReach Leicester, Civic Leicester, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement [DICE], Leicester Ageing Together and the Stephen Lawrence Centre, and we would welcome further collaboration opportunities with other individuals and groups in Leicester. Please get in touch if you are interested in contributing something to the project, are interested in volunteering, or have a story you’d like to share with us.