US black rights group embarks on Alabama-to-Washington march

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Activists from the NAACP, America’s oldest and largest civil rights group, embarked this weekend on a month-and-a-half long march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC, to focus national attention on issues of racial injustice. The 860-mile (1,384-kilometer) journey, “America’s Journey for Justice,” got under way Saturday in Selma, seen by many as the birthplace of the US civil rights movement more a half-century ago. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in a statement that among the issues it hopes to call attention to are criminal justice reform and demands for improved educational equity in schools across the nation.

AFP

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