Journey to Justice


Journey to Justice (JtoJ) aims to inspire and empower people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements. We are a voluntary organisation with supporters all over the UK.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963, from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. King’s call for solidarity is a message that transcends time, place and issue and is evoked by people fighting for social justice on every continent.

Our first project is a touring exhibition focused on the US civil rights movement and its music which tells the extraordinary story of some of the less well-known women, men and children involved. We also highlight some of the many struggles for freedom in the UK. The exhibition and related activities examine key events, themes and tactics, demonstrating what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns. We illustrate how the US civil rights movement has affected people in the UK, and worldwide and helped inspire subsequent women’s, peace and gay liberation movements. As the exhibition travels, it links with local communities, incorporating lessons from UK campaigns for freedom, equality and human rights. Using arts and intergenerational activities, we show how change for social justice can happen led by ‘people like us’.


We are a group of educators, youth, community, human rights and faith organisations, artists, film makers, lawyers, musicians, historians, curators and trade unionists. Our patrons are Leyla Hussein, co-founder of Daughters of Eve and campaigner against gender based violence;  Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, outstanding human rights lawyers;

Lord Herman Ouseley, founder of Kick It Out – an anti-discrimination football project and Dr. Paul Stephenson, OBE, community worker, civil rights activist and leader of the successful 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott against the colour bar. Please see our management committee members and advisers

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homepage_projectspicWe ran a successful pilot of the exhibition in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last year and in Sheffield (May- June 2016). Next we're going to Teeside University, Middlesbrough (October 1 - 20th 2016), Sunderland Museum (October 22 - November 20th 2016) and Rich Mix, Tower Hamlets (December 3rd 2016 - January 1st 2017), Morley Gallery, Lambeth (January 2017), Galleries of Justice, Nottingham (February - June 2017). We're in discussion with partners in Hull, Leicester, Dorset, Edinburgh, Bristol, Brighton, Bradford, York  and Leeds. Contact us if you'd like to discuss bringing Journey to Justice to your community.



See photographs from our team day and read all about it along with other recent events here.



Watch the first film from Journey for Justice; a speech by Martin Luther King on accepting his honorary degree from Newcastle University, 13th November 1967. With special thanks to Exposure...


We place the arts – songs, literature, poetry, films, dance – at the heart of this project. Workshops accompany the exhibition, planned by local teams, led by specialists (in history, social change and the arts of social justice) and include the performance and teaching of songs for human rights in order to learn from them and experience the strength, joy and communal sense of freedom they inspire.

Read this article: Pete Seeger: The Man Who Brought Politics to Music
See Dorian Lynskey:33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs
Listen to this documentary: Freedom Songs: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Maya Angelou: thanks for everything you gave us and all you left behind: Maya Angelou in fifteen quotes




At the heart of Journey to Justice are the millions of campaigns and campaigners everywhere who were and are dedicated to challenging injustice and making ours a more fair world. We’d love to hear the names of campaigns and campaigners – from any country at any time – whose human rights work make them stand out for you. They might have been involved in a local campaign which received no publicity or they might be a Gandhi. Please email details and links. We’re interested in a broad range of campaigns which promote the