NAACP's Journey for Justice March begins in Selma

NAACP's Journey for Justice March begins in Selma

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - More than a hundred people gathered in Selma on Saturday to begin the NAACP's Journey for Justice March.

Over the next 40 days, they'll march from Selma to Washington D.C.

"We're marching because we see so many black and brown lives lost at the hands of the police," said NAACP President and CEO Cornell Williams Brooks. "But not only that, we see an America deeply in need of justice"

The original march from Selma to Montgomery was about 54 miles long. This march is 860 miles long with marchers averaging about 20 miles every single day.

The march is to bring attention to several issues like income inequality, racial profiling and police brutality. But supporters say the most important issue they're marching for is voting rights.

"Just because we're no longer having to count marbles in a jar, doesn't mean that the vulnerable communities are still restricted in their right to vote," said AL Rep. Terri Sewell. "There are modern day barriers to voting."

With legislation on all of these issues frozen in Congress, the NAACP hopes their voices will be heard when they arrive.

"We refuse to capitulate to political calculation and we will in fact protect the voting rights act," Brooks said. "We will in fact bring an end to racial profiling. We will in fact address income inequality and inequity in our schools. Why? Because our lives, our voters and our votes and our schools matter."

The march is scheduled to arrive in Washington on September 11.

After the march arrives, the NAACP plans to hold an advocacy day on September 16. That's where they hope to discuss those issues with congressional leaders.

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