Journey to Justice all over the land exhibition

IN celebration of Teesside University’s Black History Month, Journey to Justice has set up it’s exhibition in the Brittan Hall.

Focusing on the 1960’s period of civil rights unrest in the US, the multimedia gallery strives to educate onlookers on the lesser known men, women and children fighting for equality.

Among these figures is six year old Ruby Bridges, one of the six students to pass the New Orleans test and go to an all-white school.

On her first day all pupils and teachers walked out in protest leaving her teacher, Barbara Henry, who taught

RUBY BRIDGES: Ruby has since written various books about her struggles

her alone regardless of the animosity.

Ruby was threatening with poisoning, suffered public mobbing and had to have childhood counselling to cope with the segregation.

“The exhibition is about those ‘so called’ ordinary men, women and children who’s names aren’t well known in society.” says Carrie Suppie, Journey to Justice’s director.

“I want their stories to inspire people that change can happen, things don’t have to be in a bad state. Whether it’s domestic violence or bullying, I want this collection of multimedia artefacts to become the catalyst for confidence.”

Journey to Justice not only focuses on US civil rights movement but also local stories in Tyneside and across the UK.

MUSIC: Students can play nostalgic music through the replica jukebox

Students are encouraged to interact with the exhibition by writing down moments of historical significance, choosing music on the personalised jukebox and can even sit at Ruby Bridges school desk.

The companies overall mission is to empower citizens to take action for social justice through learning about historical figures.

“We use our exhibitions to run workshops for those people who are trying to build their confidence.” says Carrie

“I find it difficult to live my life not trying to change things, that’s just who I am.

“There are many ways in which the world needs repairing. I can think of so many examples of extreme injustice and the way to help those who are suffering now is to connect and engage with the past.”

Journey to Justice’s exhibition is on from October 3rd till 19th in Teesside University’s Brittan Hall. Donations for the company are accepted.

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