NAACP Organizes America’s Journey for Justice

NAACP Organizes America’s Journey for Justice


NAACP has organized America’s Journey for Justice which will commence on August 1st at the foot of the Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.  The event is designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.  The march will highlight rallies and teach-ins along the route with satellite events and live workshops across the nation.  There will be an 11 a.m. rally at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the actual march begins at 12 noon.

The marchers will cover an 860-mile trek which will terminate in Washington, D.C. with a rally and a day of advocacy.  Regional leadership of the NAACP will participate in a relay style advance by our regional leadership from Alabama, through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia into the nation’s capital. The NAACP Alabama State Conference President Bernard Simelton will carry the first baton of justice for this historic march. The schedule is as follows: Alabama on August 1st, Georgia on August 7th, South Carolina on August 20th, North Carolina on August 26th, Virginia on September 3rd, and Washington D.C. on September 16th for the Final Rally and Advocacy Day.

The march begins on August 1st The NAACP will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uninterrupted entry to the ballot box, sustainable employment with a livable wage, and a just and equal public education. America’s Journey for Justice will unite partners from the social justice, youth activism, civil rights, democracy reform, religious, not-for-profit, labor, corporate, and environmental communities to call for justice for all Americans under the unifying theme “Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The leadership organizing the historical march includes Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO; Bernard Simelton, President of NAACP Alabama State Conference; Rose and Hank Sanders, Organizers for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march; and Charles Steele, CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Additional speakers will be announced as the program is finalized.

Buses will be departing from various cities with pick-ups in cities along the major routes.  For more information contact Dale Landry at (850) 459-3260 or email him at or Lewis Jennings at (850) 862-8721 or email him at secured.


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