A coalition of organizations, led by the NAACP, left Selma, Alabama on Saturday, August 1 beginning an 860-mile, 46-day march for freedom to Washington, D.C.
Called America’s Journey for Justice the march begins with a prayer before crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on the trek to the nation’s capitol. The organizers expect thousands of people to join the marchers at every stop, with a core group of more than 100 to make the entire trek.
On Thursday, August 27, Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, will be joining the Journey for Justice in Columbia, South Carolina, for a one day march.
The Journey for Justice, organized by the NAACP, is both a memorial to the Selma march that took place 50 years ago and a statement about voting rights and the criminal justice system. Each evening there will be a rally and interfaith teaching service.
Rabbi Jaffe is marching with more than 150 other Reform Rabbis from around the country over the course of 46 days. He welcomes other clergy and congregants from Chappaqua to join him for this historic occasion.