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NAACP 'Journey for Justice' marches through North Carolina

Posted August 30, 2015

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— The “Journey for Justice,” an NAACP march that began in Selma, Ala. and will conclude in Washington D.C., arrived in North Carolina this weekend.

There was a flag in front and foot powder below for those who have walked the more than 500 mile journey from Selma, Ala.

“I haven’t had any blisters so far,” said participant Sheila Bell of Detroit.

Bell said that she is walking in memory of unarmed black men who were killed by police.

“What was driving me is that I’m tired of people killing my babies,” said Bell. “I want to go to D.C. and say I love America, we can do better, and we can pass laws that would decrease the number of people who are killed while in police custody.”

Leslie Boyd of Asheville just joined the Journey for Justice on Sunday. She said that she is walking in memory of her son, who died because he was denied health care.

“If I feel like it, when we hit Virginia, I’m going to keep going,” said Boyd.

The group continues to walk north, on U.S. 1 through Marston and Hoffman and Pine Bluff to Fayetteville, Lillington, and Raleigh. They’re more than half-way to their destination, but the journey doesn’t end there. It goes beyond D.C., with the steps they take in their communities.

“That’s as important as the march,” said Bell. “In my eyes, it’s even more important.”

They walk in the footsteps of civil rights crusaders from decades past and through a state where voting rights are on trial. A judge is supposed to rule on three federal lawsuits that claim a 2013 state law was designed to stamp out the minority vote.

“We’re calling everybody together,” said Reverend Curtis Gatewood of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. “All hands on deck because we refuse to go backwards on voting rights, or any rights.”

Bob Finch from Sanford joined the group for the day. He said he is walking to take a stand on voting rights and environmental issues including the dumping of coal ash and fracking.

Rasheed Ali of South Carolina has been walking for four days and says the purpose of the walk is to bring attention to important causes.

“As our momentum grows, we just want the people to see us out here and join us,” said Ali.

The group will spend 10 days in North Carolina, walking more than 200 miles. A rally is planned for Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol.


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  • Greg Dail Aug 31, 2015
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    Most of them look like they could use the exercise.

  • Reginald Denny Aug 31, 2015
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    This is the most accurate and entertaining thing I have read here in months. Well done sir!

  • Matt Wood Aug 31, 2015
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    I had the same thing happen to me. I had to disconnect my Facebook account and re-connect to get it working again. Simple enough.

    You really WRAL cares enough about what you say to do things that make your computer slow? Get over yourself and your hare-brained conspiracies.

  • Mariel Elusive Aug 31, 2015
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    sorry, 2 black officers and 5 white ones,

    wish there was an edit button

  • Mariel Elusive Aug 31, 2015
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    they're so against the cops I say no escort.

    they seemingly are forgetting that so far from 8/20-26 (8 days) there have been SEVEN officers killed- 6 white and 1 black....what about them?

  • Martha Matthews Aug 31, 2015
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    Sadly their definition if justice is color blind. Where is the justice for the white Texas police officer who was executed just for being a policeman by a black? How in the world can these people even DARE to whine and try to evoke sympathy for these lawbreakers that were killed? I'm so tired of them even getting more than 2 seconds of mention in the news. If there is justice, why are blacks killing so many blacks? Why aren't they addressing that?

  • Tom Boswell Aug 31, 2015
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    92% of blacks that are murdered are killed by black males that account for 6.5% of the population. Blacks are okay with this but a few isolated cases where a black person is committing a crime, resisting arrest and is killed accidentally this is a concern.

  • Mik Mik Aug 31, 2015
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    They have to learn how to stop committing crimes first to stay out of jails or getting arrested...good luck with that...

  • Reginald Denny Aug 30, 2015
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    Do we really need to allocate the law enforcement resources for a police escort for this nonsense?

  • Aaron Whaley Aug 30, 2015
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    Pass all the laws you want.. but it WILL NOT stop the carnage. Only individuals can make the choice to stop.