WASHINGTON — More than 600 people marched across the Arlington Memorial Bridge Tuesday into D.C., capping off the “Journey for Justice.”
It was a journey of 1,000 miles that took its first steps in Selma, Alabama and finished in Washington, D.C.
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, “Journey for Justice” organizers called for police education, economic and voting reform. In fact, the march commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
“What we will do going forward is build upon that legacy. We did not come here today to stumble back on that tremendous legacy,” said South Carolina congressman James Clyburn.
“We’re marching to demonstrate, demonstrate to educate, educate to ultimately legislate,” said NAACP President Cornell Brooks, who organized the march.
An American flag lead the crowd in honor of a man named Middle Passage who carried it for most of the march until he died on Saturday.
Flag at front of march carried by a man named Middle Passage until he passed away Saturday. Will fly over Capitol. pic.twitter.com/bKKMG8lchW— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) September 15, 2015
Brooks said Passage was a Navy veteran who embodied the message of the march.
“He walked with us and we called him our friend,” Brooks told the crowd.
Passage’s flag will fly in front of the U.S. Capitol before being returned to his family.