Carrie Supple hopes to spread a message of change and hope
All over the country people are hoping for change. Change in what neighbours can do together maybe, or improved services to the community – perhaps changes in the law, or for a safer, healthier, more equal world.
Recently, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the climate crisis and the womens’ protests have made us think even more about what kind of society we want to live in.
Journey to Justice is a national human rights education charity. We tell the stories of ordinary people who have managed to make change and which can galvanise us to act. That is our mission. For five years we’ve taken our travelling multi-arts, multi-media, interactive exhibition to 15 places telling little known stories from the UK and the US civil rights movement. And people have told us again and again how this has inspired them.
In summer 2019 the exhibition arrived in Islington where it was hosted by Resource for London in Holloway Road for two months, thanks to a cross community partnership including CANDI (City and Islington College), ROTA (Race on the Agenda), Ringcross Community Centre, the Lillesleaf Project/ Anti-Apartheid, Islington Museum, Islington Guides and London Metropolitan University.
We told local stories of ‘ordinary’ Islington people whose actions have made change for social justice.
We were spoiled for choice because the borough is teeming with examples and ‘firsts’ – the first women’s bookshop, the first phone line for gay people, the first community centre for people with learning difficulties. Our stories included Oscar Abrams, architect and founder of the Keskidee Centre, the first Black community centre in the UK; Edith Garrud, who at 4’ 10” tall trained suffragettes to use jujitsu and James Watson, the radical publisher and Chartist, whose shop was near Bunhill Fields and who endured six months’ imprisonment here at Clerkenwell.
At the exhibition students from CANDI welcomed visitors, including school groups, and there was a full programme of events with walks and talks, workshops, music and history and discussions about Holloway Prison, climate justice and being Jewish in Britain. Over 3,000 people visited and nationally, the exhibition has been seen by over 180,000 people.
We now want to widen our impact to reach more people. To ensure our online exhibition is as engaging as the physical one, we will work with a design agency who can bring all aspects of the exhibition to life online, including music, poetry and art. Your contribution could galvanise thousands of people to take the first steps towards making the change they want to see.