In response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict recently resigned Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the NAACP has organized a 120-mile march in honor of Wilson’s victim, 18-year-old Mike Brown. The march left from Canfield Green Apartments — near where Brown was shot — on Saturday afternoon and is expected to end at the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City, Missouri.
According to the NAACP website, NAACP CEO and president Cornell Brooks states that the purpose of the demonstration is to “call for new leadership of the Ferguson police department, beginning with the police chief, and for new reforms of police practice and culture in both Ferguson and across the country.“
USA Today estimates that 250 marchers began the trek from Canfield Green Apartments on Saturday afternoon. Marchers are encouraged to join at any point in the journey and the march has even set up shuttle buses to facilitate new participants joining the protest. The Huffington Post reports that the NAACP is expecting the final leg of the journey to be comprised of about 1,000 participants.
The protesters are limiting their travel to the daytime with the nights reserved for teach-ins and rallies.
You can follow the march on Twitter by checking in with the hashtag #JourneyforJustice. Some social media users are monitoring the hashtag in order to bring water and other supplies to the protestors. Click on to view some of their posts.