The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People( NAACP) leaders started an 860 mile Justice march on August 1st, 2015, which is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.. The 40-day America’s Journey for Justice march across the South was organized in the hopes to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America. The march began with a rally in Selma, Alabama., a city that played a pivotal role in the 1960s civil rights movement, spurring the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The Journey for Justice trek will span Eastern Seaboard states before ending in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. More than 200 supporters took part in the first leg of a march that will be about 16 times the 54-mile distance covered by voting rights activists in 1965.

Led by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, America’s Journey for Justice mobilized activists and the march hopes to bring focus on national policy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable 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.”

The 860 mile journey will have scheduled stops for rallies that will focus on specific agendas. The kick off rally in Selma, Alabama focused on economic inequality. The next stop is in Georgia on August 7th will a rally for Education Reform. Other scheduled rallies along the way include the  Criminal Justice Reform rally on 8/20 in South Carolina, the Voting Rights rally on 8/26 in North Carolina, the Youth Rally on 9/3 in Virginia and the final Full Advocacy Day rally on 9/12 in Washington, D.C.

As they activists continue their journey they expect their numbers to grow as people join them on their Journey for Justice. You can find more information about the march at http://www.naacp.org/ajfj

Follow their progress on social media #JusticeSummer

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