Civil rights leaders launch a 40-day march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, as they call attention to the issue of racial injustice in America. Gavino Garay reports.
Hundreds of activists from the civl rights group NAACP have set off on a 40-day march from Selma, Alabama to Washington. They want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue in the U.S. over race relations... triggered by police shootings of unarmed black men over the past year. Their march began on Selma's historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police beat and tear gassed peaceful marchers calling for voting equality in 1965. For NAACP CEO Cornell William Brooks, this march is more than just symbolic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAACP PRESIDENT AND CEO CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS SAYING: "We have to change the laws, and that means pacing the interracial profiling act. It means protecting the voting rights act. It means passing the law enforcement integrity act." For others, the 40-day trek is about creating meaningful, long-term change. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KIM TYRRELL-KNOTT, SAN DIEGO RESIDENT SAYING: "You can't just be on the sidelines, you can't Twitter about it, you can't talk about it on Facebook. You have to be engaged." Organizers hope to mobilize thousands by the time the march descends on the nation's capital, bringing in labor unions, environmentalists, women's advocates and others in their fight against racial and income inequality.