(Baltimore, MD) — In response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown Jr., the NAACP, including members of the Youth and College division and senior and youth organizations, embarked on a 120 mile, 7 – day march entitled, “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City” on November 29th. The Journey for Justice commenced at the Canfield Green Apartments and concluded at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. The purpose of the march was to call for new leadership of the Ferguson police department, beginning with the police chief, and for new reforms of police practice and culture in both Ferguson and across the country.
First and foremost in that approach is a wholesale fight against racial profiling that involves advocating for adding subpoena powers to the Missouri racial profiling state law and passage of federal legislation on racial profiling. For seven days, beginning Saturday, November 29th, marchers are walking along the route to the Governor’s Mansion. Each evening, the marchers will participate in teach-ins and rallies that are open to the public. New participants are welcome to join the Journey for Justice each morning as walking commences. We expect buses will provide relief for marchers along the 120 mile Journey for Justice.
From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:
“The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities. The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country. Our “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City” march is the first of many demonstrations to show both the country and the world that the NAACP and our allies will not stand down until systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Michael Brown and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to such police misconduct. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Brown’s family.”
PHOTO CAPTION. Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO leads march.