Journey to Justice to be launched through song, dance, poetry, film and speeches at Conway Hall
On Saturday 21 June from 7.30pm Conway Hall will be host to a night of the music and arts of social justice. The event will launch Journey to Justice, a new organisation dedicated to inspiring people to take action for social justice by learning from human rights struggles of the past and present.
The main speaker will be Leyla Hussein, co-founder of Daughters of Eve and campaigner against gender based violence.
Compered by Pauline Pearce, Hackney Heroine, performances include the David Idowu Choir (formed in memory of David, who was a 15 year old victim of knife crime); Tayo Aluko (Call Mr Robeson); Streetz Ahead dance; UCLU Jazz Society; Zena Edwards, poet and singer; Jo Clarke singing Nina Simone and Wayne Marshall singing classic civil rights anthems. Light refreshments will be served.
The night will promote Journey to Justice’s first project: a travelling exhibition about the US civil rights movement and its impact which will tour UK communities starting in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sheffield. As it tours, the exhibition will connect with local UK histories of campaigns for change.
June 21st is the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman in Mississippi and this launch is dedicated in part to their memory.
The Journey to Justice Launch event will conclude with a tribute to the late great Pete Seeger, a king of social protest music.
‘Journey to Justice enables us to engage with our own rich history of grass-roots movements that have led to massive social changes towards equality. Using the US civil rights movement, it frames the long journey we have travelled to recognising universal human rights. This exhibition will give people a real chance to engage with some of the key milestones in history, and will empower a generation’. (The British Humanist Association)
The launch coincides with Journey to Justice’s crowd funding campaign which aims to raise £20,000 towards creating and building their travelling exhibition. See: www.buzzbnk.org/journeytojustice
Sat 14 June at 3pm Journey to Justice will screen Brother Outsider, a film about Bayard Rustin, a phenomenal organiser of the US civil rights movement at The RADA Studios, 16 Chenies St, WC1