“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be? Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for preservation of injustice or the extension of justice? Martin Luther King Jnr, letter to fellow clergymen Birmingham Jail, 1963.
The stories of Belfast’s Creative Extremists are preserved in Volunteer Voices (VSB 2010) publication and exhibition. These stories of individuals living in the midst of a violent conflict show how they found the space through volunteering to be ‘creative extremists’. Their enduring legacy of hope through positive engagement is the portrayal of volunteering as a creative, liberating and empowering process and one which is at the heart of a just society. Volunteer Voices charts the contribution volunteers have made to the life of the City of Belfast over a 40 year period from 1967 to 1997. Visit Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast to see the exhibition.