Bristol hosts season of social justice events


Journey to Justice's national exhibition is coming to Bristol Cathedral this October

JtoJBristol is pleased to announce that Journey to Justice’s national exhibition is coming to Bristol Cathedral this October. This exhibition which has already travelled to cities throughout the UK (including London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Sunderland) tells the little known stories of ordinary people involved in the US Civil Rights movement against racial discrimination and violence in the 1960s and relates these to what was happening in the UK at the time.

Alongside this multimedia exhibition will be specially commissioned displays featuring Bristol’s own stories about those who strove against injustice over the past 300 years.

These include the personal account of England’s first black High Sheriff and Britain’s first black female Lord-Lieutenant, Peaches Golding, who tells of her own family’s progress from slavery to equality, as well as panels and film footage about Paul Stephenson who led the Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963 which paved the path for UK legislation on race equality. The story of Bristol’s Conscientious Objectors in WW1 is also included as is a newly commissioned illustrated timeline charting 300 years of social justice campaigning in the city.

As well as the main exhibition, the JtoJBristol October programme of over 35 events brings an exciting array of exhibitions, discussions, talks, walks, workshops, films, art installations, dance, poetry and storytelling throughout the city.  Our aim is to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to inspire and inform them about human rights campaigning past and present. Events at Millennium Square, Knowle West, Southmead, St. Paul’s, Fishponds, College Green and elsewhere will show how individuals and groups have worked and are still working today to fight for social justice.

The culminating event ‘Hands Across the City’ on 29th October will be a solidarity walk celebrating diversity and social justice in Bristol. This will coincide with a march, 300 miles away, across the Tyne Bridge, which marksthe anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle. In Bristol, the procession will stop briefly on Pero’s Bridge where participants will be photographed holding hands and showing banners made especially for the event. All will then progress to City Hall where there will be stalls, performances, food and speakers to mark the occasion.


“Our aim is to build on Bristol’s creative energies by bringing together people from all walks of life to share new stories about their city’s history, and to channel their skills and passions to make Bristol a fairer place.”  

Dr. Madge Dresser Coordinator of JtoJBristol


“We need to talk to one another and we need to have truth before we can have reconciliation”

Peaches Golding OBE


Artwork commissioned for hero and shero activists

To highlight the important achievements of Bristol ‘hero and shero’ activists who fought against social injustice in Bristol over the past 300 years, JtoJBristol and the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft have commissioned a number of Bristol-based artists to produce a limited edition of mugs. Each mug depicts a ‘Hero or Shero’, you may or may not recognise their names, but these people surely did foster positive change in our city: Mary Carpenter, Ram Mohan Roy, Ann Yearsley, James Crosby, Owen Henry, Ada Vachall, Walter Ayles, Jessie Stevens, Dorothy Brown, Batook Pandya, Princess Campbell and Ellen and William Craft.

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