America’s Journey for Justice will commence on August 1st at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
The march will feature rallies and teach-ins along the route, satellite events across the country, and a #JusticeSummer social media campaign.
The 860-mile march will culminate in Washington, D.C. with a rally and advocacy day. Led relay style by our regional leadership, NAACP Alabama State Conference President Bernard Simelton will carry the first baton of justice for this historic march. From Alabama, we will march through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia until we reach the nation’s capital. For 40 days and 40 nights, 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, 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 Richmond leg of the journey is listed below. Participants should plan to arrive at the meeting locations no later than 6:30 a.m. The march participants will have breakfast at the meeting location and then board buses which will take them to the starting point of the march. Boxed lunches will be provided for the marchers along the route. At the end of each day’s march, participants will board the buses and return to the meeting location. Dinner will be provided at the meeting location at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by the teach-in for that evening.
Marchers will depart Richmond at 6:30 a.m., on September 11, and will end in Washington DC at 7:00 p.m.
September 11 – September 15
Leg: Washington, DC
Meeting Point: TBD
Meeting Time: 6:30 a.m.
March Departs: 7:00 a.m.
Group Returns: 7:00 p.m.
Critical Day: September 16 Advocacy Day