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Visitors will meet courageous, ‘ordinary’ people who challenged a violent, segregated America

Patrons: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Dr Paul Stephenson OBE; Leyla Hussein; Lord Herman Ouseley; Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC OBE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11th 2015
Stunning Civil Rights Movement Exhibition to Launch at Discovery Museum Newcastle
Journey to Justice chooses the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, for its exciting launch party celebrating US and UK civil rights
London, UK: On Saturday 4th April 2015. Newcastle upon Tyne will host the launch of the Journey to Justice national multi-media travelling exhibition. It will be an extravaganza of music, history, poetry and film and include presentations of projects for local, national and international social change.

April 4th is the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination.

‘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)

The exhibition will be formally launched at 1.30 pm on Saturday 4 April 2015 by Marcia Saunders who was a volunteer in Freedom Summer, 1964, supporting African Americans in Tennessee to register their vote. Her story is one of those told in the exhibition. Former ANC activist and freedom fighter Archie Sibeko is the guest speaker and other performers include Crossings and Children NE.

Open to the public at Discovery Museum from Saturday 4th April to Monday 4th May 2015 the Journey to Justice exhibition will focus on some of the less well-known men, women and children involved in the US civil rights movement, featuring stories that are seldom told in the UK. Visitors will meet courageous, ‘ordinary’ people who challenged a violent, segregated America. The exhibition will make links to UK civil rights stories and will also highlight struggles for rights on Tyneside.

The region has a long history of leading movements for social justice. Newcastle was chosen for the launch because of its links with Martin Luther King, who was awarded an honorary degree in 1967 by Newcastle University.

"The North of England has a proud history of its people showing the rest of the UK how to stand together for those who are vulnerable. Journey to Justice will be striving, with everyone's help and support to make a significant contribution to struggles for equality, inclusion and diversity today". Lord Herman Ouseley, founder of Kick It Out and Patron of Journey to Justice.

Working with a steering group and partners including, TWAM, youth and community groups, trade unions, artists, Northumbria and Newcastle universities, SE colleges and students. Journey to Justice will offer a rich programme of events: courses, walks, talks, music and film to complement the exhibition as part of its mission to inspire and empower people to take action for social justice.
Journey to Justice was created by its director Carrie Supple, a member of the Tyneside Caller family. It is a national, volunteer-led alliance of educators, artists, historians, young people, lawyers, human rights activists, media works and faith representatives. Through education, music and the arts, Journey to Justice illustrates historical contemporary human rights struggles from around the world, to show how grass roots movements can bring about profound and sustained social change. The exhibition will tour the UK after its launch in the North East.

Notes to editors

For launch details, information, quotes and images: Carrie Supple, Director, Journey to Justice, Tel. 07711199198 carrie@journeytojustice.org.uk for the full programme of Journey to Justice events in April: www.journeytojustice.org.uk

1. Journey to Justice is a not for profit community organisation, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Newcastle University, the Big Lottery Fund, the Cultural Affairs Department of the US Embassy, crowd funding, personal donations and hours of in kind support from Northumbria University, TWAM and other local partnerships and volunteers.
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2. Journey to Justice is advised by CIVA, the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action Charity No. 1122095

3. Date: Launch is Saturday 4th April , exhibition and programme run 4th April – 4th May 2015
Time: (for viewing the exhibition, arrive 12.30 pm); ribbon cutting 1.30 pm; show 2-4pm
Venue: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4JA
Tickets: Free but booking is essential: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/journey-to-justice-footsteps-to-...

4. Archie Sibeko: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_%27Archie%27_Mncedisi...

5. Marcia Saunders: http://nwl.hee.nhs.uk/chair/

6. Lord Herman Ouseley: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/hermanouseley

7. Patrons: Journey to Justice is supported by high profile patrons:
• Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
• Lord Herman Ouseley, former Chair of Commission of Racial Equality, founder, Kick It Out
• Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC (son of Tyneside), human rights solicitor
• Leyla Hussein, co-founder of Daughters of Eve, anti-FGM campaigner
• Dr Paul Stephenson, leader of the successful 1963 Bristol bus boycott

8. Local partners include: Northumbria University, Newcastle University, UNISON, Children North East, Space 2, Curiosity Creative, Crossings, Murphy Cobbing, BBC North, TWAM, Great North Museum, and Church Action on Poverty, Lord Jeremy Beecham, Chi Onwurah MP, Newcastle Volunteer Centre, TUC North. Journey to Justice local part time co-ordinator is Bethany Elen Coyle, a community musician who runs choirs including Kingsmeadow Community Choir and NESS (North East Socialist Singers) – they will perform on April 4th.


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