A coalition of 13 civil rights and other activist groups are joining forces with the NAACP to participate in the American Journey for Justice (AJJ) March. The AJJ will be a 860-mile taking place over 40 days and 40 nights from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. It will start August 1 and travel through Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland ending in the nation’s capital.
The NAACP and other coalition members announced the march at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial on June 15.
According to the National NAACP, the march’s first day will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The AJJ is designed to bring attention to the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s nullifying Section 4 of the VRA.
The march will bring attention to a 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.
Along the journey, at various locales, rallies and teach-ins along the route, satellite events across the country, and a #JusticeSummer social media campaign.
The march will end in Washington, DC with a rally and advocacy day. AJJ 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.”
For more information go to www.NAACp.org