7th Feb 2020 - 27th Apr 2020, All Dayat Library of Birmingham, Birmingham
A multi-media travelling exhibition focused on the US civil rights movement (including Quaker Bayard Rustin) and its links with the UK. Organised by ‘Journey to Justice’ a human rights education charity.
The exhibition tells the stories of some of the less well-known men, women and children involved in the movement, people of all ages and ethnicities, whose voices are not often heard but without whom it would not have happened – people like ‘us’.
The exhibition examines what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns and what makes a human rights movement succeed. There is also a section telling the story of a local campaign for justice in the West Midlands.
You will meet: Ruby Bridges, the first black child to take her place at an all-white elementary school in the southern states, and Elmore and Peggy Nickleberry, who campaigned for the rights of sanitation workers in Memphis with Martin Luther King. You’ll find out about Janice Wesley, who at 16 protested in the Birmingham Children’s Crusade, Bayard Rustin, who organised the 1963 March on Washington and much much more, and Jean Stallings, a black single mother who was part of the National Welfare Rights Organisation. You will be introduced to Marcia Saunders Heinemann, who supported black voters registering to vote in Tennessee, and the Greensboro Four, famous for their sit-in at a ‘whites-only’ lunch counter in Woolworth’s, North Carolina. You will also read about links between the UK and US civil rights movement, which reminds us of the long history of struggles for human rights and freedom in the UK and locally – wherever we are.
Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2ND