By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

America’s Journey for Justice marches through Lawrenceville

Today, August 14th, the NAACP will hold its second state special event for #JusticeSummer at The King Center as marchers have completed 254 miles of the 866 mile march, America’s Journey for Justice.

The Community Mass Meeting, hosted by the Georgia NAACP will focus on education reform and include a program with entertainment, youth and rallying speeches.  At The King Center, the NAACP, coalition partners, young practitioners of democracy and other social justice and human rights advocates will demand federal action that every student has access to safe, high quality education, regardless of location and household income.

America’s Journey for Justice is an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama through Washington, DC. Led relay style by NAACP State Conference leadership and began August 1st with NAACP Alabama State Conference President Bernard Simelton.  The baton was passed off to Georgia State Conference President Dr. Francys Johnson.  Marchers we will trek through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia until reaching the nation’s capital. The march aims to 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 under the unifying theme “Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter.”

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.