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Morley Gallery | Journey to Justice
November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 am - February 4, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Morley Gallery is proud to present Journey to Justice, a multi-media travelling exhibition focused on the US civil rights movement, its links with the UK and its wider impact. The exhibition is a dynamic mix of photographs, music, poetry, art, audio-visual, interactive features, artefacts and installations.
Using a series of ‘bus stops’, Journey to Justice focuses on telling the less well-known stories of men, women and children involved in the movement. Their stories are not always found in the history books but without them the changes would not have happened.
The exhibition is also telling stories of the struggle for social justice in South London today.
The exhibition demonstrates 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.