Press Release

NAACP Launches America’s Journey for Justice at Edmund Pettus Bridge

July 21, 2015

BALTIMORE, MD – 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.”

Cornell William Brooks, Former NAACP President & CEO; Leon Russell, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors, Honorable Terri Sewell (D – AL), U.S. Representative, Alabama’s 7th Congressional District; The Honorable George Patrick Evans, Mayor of Selma; Claude Cummings, Executive Board Member, CWA, Rabbi Seth Limmer, Chair of the Peace and Justice Committee of the Commission on Social Action (CSA) of Reform Judaism; Senior Rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation, Aaron Mair, President, Sierra Club; Bernard Simelton, President of NAACP Alabama State Conference; Rabbi Denise Eger, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR); founding rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, Rev. Lawrence Wofford, Selma NAACP Branch President; Rose and Hank Sanders, Organizers for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march; Charles Steele, CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Honorable US Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon, Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation — one of the largest congregations in the nation and additional speakers to be announced.

August 1, 2015
10 a.m. Blessing of the March
The Boynton House
1315 Lapsley Street
Selma, Alabama 36701

11 a.m. Rally
Marchers will gather for a rally at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
(Speakers listed above)

12 p.m.  March begins
Marchers set off on America’s Journey for Justice
7:00 p.m. March ends at St Jude Catholic Church, 2048 W Fairview Ave, Montgomery AL


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.