Practicing Radical Forgiveness in the Political now: A Justice Fleet Exhibit Fostering Healing through Art, Dialogue and Play.


  • Amber Lauren Johnson Saint Louis University


social justice, the justice fleet, mobile museum, art activism


This essay highlights The Justice Fleet’s Radical Forgiveness exhibit as one experience dedicated to highlighting the need for active healing through traumas whilst simultaneously fighting against them. I begin by defining social justice and radical forgiveness within this political moment, and then turn towards The Ferguson Neighborhood Policing Committee and their use of Radical Forgiveness as a site for healing post Michael Brown’s murder.

Author Biography

Amber Lauren Johnson, Saint Louis University

As a scholar/artist/activist, Dr. Johnson’s research and activism focus on narratives of identity, protest, and social justice in digital  popular media. As a polymath, their mixed-media artistry involves working with metals, recycled and reclaimed goods, photography, poetry, percussion, and paint to interrogate systems of oppression. Dr. Amber Johnson is an award winning Associate Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University and the creator of The Justice Fleet ™, a mobile social justice museum that fosters healing through art, dialogue and play.



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Special Issue: Social Justice 2018