X15 June 2019 to 1 September at The Library at Willesden Green
Learn about the US civil rights movement and key struggles for freedom in the UK with interactive displays from Journey to Justice, a volunteer-led human rights education charity.
Using testimony, film and interviews, music and poetry the exhibition examines what leads people to become and stay active in working for social justice and highlights
factors which make a non-violent human rights movements succeed.
In the exhibition you will meet 'ordinary' people who have done extraordinary things such as: 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.
Brent Museum and Archives secured Art Council England funding to commission contemporary creators to work with local organisations and Brent residents to reveal and tell their stories about justice.
Highlights include: an illuminated scroll created to award Nelson Mandela a freeman of Brent along with anti-apartheid memorabilia on loan from Action for Southern Africa.
Poetry by Virna Teixeira, written in collaboration with local Brazilians from Clube dos Brasileirinhos.
A participatory art installation by visual artist and educator Dima Karout where users of local charity, Salusbury World, have investigated the importance of 'Human Bridges' in times of internal and external conflicts.
And ‘Dress for Our Time’ by artist and designer, Professor Helen Storey, a dress created out of a decommissioned refugee tent that once housed a family of displaced people at Za’atari Camp in Jordan.
Funded by Arts Council England
Dress for our Time, Autumn 2015. Dress and image : Helen Storey. Model: Louise Owen.