Fight­ing in­equal­ity

BBC History Magazine - - Out & About -

EX­HI­BI­TION / FREE EN­TRY Jour­ney to Jus­tice In­ter­na­tional Slav­ery Mu­seum, Liver­pool Un­til 7 April 2019 0151 478 4499 liv­er­pool­mu­se­

In­spir­ing sto­ries of men, women and chil­dren who have sought to chal­lenge in­equal­ity and cam­paign for cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion – in Britain and in­ter­na­tion­ally – are un­der the spot­light in Liver­pool this month.

De­liv­ered by Na­tional Mu­se­ums Liver­pool in part­ner­ship with hu­man rights ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Jour­ney to Jus­tice, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­am­ines key events, themes and tac­tics in the his­tory of ac­tivism and cam­paign­ing – from US civil rights to gay lib­er­a­tion move­ments.

Among the sto­ries fea­tured is that of Jan­ice Wes­ley, one of thou­sands of young African-Amer­i­cans who – in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, May 1963 – par­tic­i­pated in a se­ries of non-vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions known as the Chil­dren’s Cru­sade. Wes­ley faced po­lice dogs and fire­hoses and was ul­ti­mately jailed. The story of Ruby Bridges who, in 1960, be­came the first black school­girl to de­seg­re­gate an all-white school in New Or­leans, will also be told.

Other high­lights from the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude art­works and oral his­to­ries gen­er­ated by the Sankofa Project, which ex­plores the ex­pe­ri­ence of Liver­pool’s black com­mu­nity, as well as mu­sic, au­dio and pho­tog­ra­phy re­lat­ing to the many peo­ple who have taken ac­tion for so­cial jus­tice.

Mem­bers of Amer­ica’s Na­tional Wel­fare Rights Or­ga­ni­za­tion march to end hunger as part of the Poor Peo­ple’s Cam­paign, 1968

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