Selma to Washington civil rights march in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

NAACP Announces March From Selma to Washington, DC

18 June 2015

NAACP President/CEO Cornell William Brooks announces America’s Journey for Justice on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. #JusticeSummer

From Reuters news agency:

Sat Aug 1, 2015 11:44am EDT

March to Washington begins with civil rights rally in Selma

By Letitia Stein

The NAACP is launching a 40-day march across the U.S. South on Saturday with a rally in Selma, Alabama, aiming to draw on that city’s significance in the 1960s civil rights movement to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America.

Organizers of the so-called “America’s Journey for Justice” want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue over race relations that was prompted by the killing of a number of unarmed black men by police officers over the past year.

Organizers, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, say the outcry triggered by police killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City’s Staten Island a year ago needs to be channeled into a long-term commitment to bring about change.

“We can continue to be serially outraged, or we can engage in an outrageously patriotic demonstration with a commitment to bringing about reform in this country,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and chief executive of the NAACP, one of the oldest and largest civil rights groups in the United States.

The march will feature “teach-ins” and other events in five states – Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia – as it makes its way to the nation’s capital, where organizers hope to draw thousands at a final rally on Sept. 16.

“We are at a point where it is not enough to protest. We have to educate, demonstrate and ultimately move our Congress to legislate,” Brooks said. “We have to bring about change.”

The NAACP aims to bring attention to racial injustice across issues like policing, public education, incarceration, voting rights and income inequality.

Brooks said the NAACP will look to mobilize thousands by the time it arrives in Washington, working with organizations representing labor unions, environmentalists, women’s advocates and Judeo-Christian religious leaders.

The inaugural rally in Selma will take place at the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police beat peaceful marchers with clubs and doused them with tear gas, in an incident that became a catalyst for the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act, signed into law 50 years ago this week.

After two aborted attempts, civil rights activists led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. eventually marched from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery in 1965 to build support for the legislation, which seeks to protect the rights of minority groups to vote.

Saturday’s march comes almost a year after the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a slaying that led to widespread protests and debate about U.S. race relations.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Florida; Editing by Frank McGurty and Alden Bentley)

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