The exhibition opening night will take place on 11 October, from 5.30-8pm. Free entry, wine reception, and a performance from Red Leicester choir..

🔲 Outline:

The exhibition tells two distinct but interconnected stories. One focuses on the US civil rights movement, its significance and its links to the UK. We tell stories of less well-known men, women and children who were involved and we explore factors essential for a human rights movement to succeed. It is a dynamic mix of photographs, music, poetry, art, audio-visual, interactive features, artefacts, installations The other tells stories of Leicester's Journeys to Justice, looking at the long and vibrant history of protest, activism, and social justice movements in the diverse city of Leicester. 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.

  • The exhibition is being held at Attenborough Arts Centre from 11-27 October 2019, and Entry is free.

  • To arrange visits for large groups, including school visits, please contact us.

🧑🏽‍🤝‍🧑🏽 Aim:

We see JtoJ Leicester as the beginning of an ongoing process of learning from stories of activism and protest in Leicester. We recognise that we are able to showcase at the exhibition merely a handful of the myriad stories of activism and justice. However, we hope our exhibition will form the starting point of an ongoing process of the diverse population of Leicester sharing their own journeys to justice, so that Leicester’s history of activism - and present-day activism - can be showcased, celebrated, recorded for posterity, and learned from.

📦 Content:

The US civil rights movement element of the exhibition includes content on the stories of:

  • Bayard Rustin

  • Ruby Bridges and Barbara Henry

  • Janice Wesley

  • Marcia Saunders and Freedom Summer

  • Elmore and Peggy Nickleberry and the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ strike

  • Jean Stallings and Martin Luther King, Jr

The Leicester activism element of the exhibition includes content on:

  • Bernard Greaves’ activism for gay rights

  • Lilian Lenton, a lesser-known Leicester-born suffragette

  • The Red Star football team and the Highfield Rangers football team

  • Leicester-based activism against Apartheid in South Africa

  • Leicester anti-fascist activists who fought in the Spanish civil war

  • Asian radio in Leicester

  • The strike at Imperial Typewriter Co.

  • Environmental activism in Leicester

Your Contributions:

We have been able to tell only a tiny number of Leicester’s historical and present-day journeys to justice. The exhibition has space which invites you to share your own memories, experiences, and thoughts.

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Getting here

🗺️ The exhibition is being held at:
Attenborough Arts Centre
Lancaster Road

📅 11-27 October 2019
Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 12pm - 4pm


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🚶‍♀️ On foot:

Roughly a 10-minute walk from the railway station, or 15 minutes from the city centre.

🚌 By bus:

The 47, 47A, 48, 48A, 80, 80A buses stop nearby.

🚗 By car:

  • Parking for blue badge holders at Attenborough Arts

  • Pay and display parking on Lancaster Road, or the Victoria Park car park, off Granville Road.

  • Free parking at the Medical Sciences building next door to Attenborough Arts, after 6pm and on weekends.