NAACP Announces “America’s Journey for Justice”

Broad coalition of partners including the Democracy Initiative, Communications Workers of America, Common Cause, NAACP Legal Defense Fund,  Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1199 SEIU, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Sierra Club, National Bar Association, and Black Women’s Roundtable Announce 860-mile March from Selma, AL to Washington, DC featuring nationwide demonstrations, teach-ins, and #JusticeSummer campaign


The NAACP, together with a broad coalition of partners, will announced America’s Journey for Justice at a press conference on MONDAY, JUNE 15, AT 10 A.M. AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 2 LINCOLN MEMORIAL CIRCLE NW, WASHINGTON, DC  20037

Led by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, America’s Journey for Justice – a historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC – will mobilize activists and advance a focused 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.”

America’s Journey for Justice will commence on August 1st 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 – and will culminate in a Washington, DC rally and advocacy day.


Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO
Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President
Barbara Arnwine, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Larry Cohen, Communications Workers of America President
Marissa Brown, Democracy Initiative Executive Director
Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President
Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause Senior Vice President for Strategy and Programs
Greg Moore, NAACP National Voter Fund Executive Director
Wendy Fields, Common Cause Vice President for Campaigns & Strategic Partnerships
Benjamin Crump, President-Elect of the National Bar Association
Rev. William Barber, NAACP North Carolina State Conference President
Rev. Francys Johnson, NAACP Georgia State Conference President
Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network
Gerald Stansbury, NAACP Maryland State Conference President


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. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.