A Time to Shine
Unlike our neighboring community in Rosebud, MO Jefferson City can show who we are - good people that respect and appreciate a good protest. We realize that as our state's capitol, people come to town for political redress not mayhem. We open our doors and welcome people from accross the state every day - Friday will be no different.
While some would like to profit personally in gossip by suggesting that because the NAACp is coming to town we need to 'be prepared for. . . .." what they miss is any sort of understanding about what the NAACP is and how we approach problems.
Jefferson City has a large NAACP unit and has been here since 1923. Our members are our citizenry irrespective of color, creed, age, religion or any of the other factors people use as excuses to divide what is the human race. We are the NAACP.
Others asked good questions like will the Journey for Justice cause a change in other community event?
Here is the best answer - no, but people in the community might if they give into fear.
Any plans that are changed reflect some internal assumptions without a basis in fact. Actually, here is the best plan - invite the marchers that walked for 120 miles in for a bite in your restaurants, to visit your shops and experience something different than what we got in Rosebud. That is a winning plan for Missouri and America.
What follows are some general detail on the Friday's events, but do this - call me (Nimrod Chapel, Jr., President of the Jefferson City NAACP 816-309-5009) with questions, don't cancel regular events, and as in Micah 6:8 'seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.' There is nothing to fear and a lot to celebrate about the democracy we treasure. Your all invited and we hope to see you Friday if not before.
Nimrod Chapel, Jr.
President, Jefferson City NAACP
What: The Journey for Justice is a seven-day, 120-mile march from Ferguson, Missouri to Jefferson City, Missouri to raise awareness of the urgent need for change to end police brutality and racial profiling.
When: The march will conclude at Governor Jay Nixon's Mansion Garden at 1 PM on Friday. There will be a peaceful demonstration where all are welcome. At 3 PM we will assemble in the Capitol for a program until 4 when the demonstration will end.
Where: The Journey will commence at Washington Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 613 N Garrison Ave, St Louis, MO, 63103, on Saturday, November 29, at 12:00pm and end at the State Capitol after a visit to the Governor's Mansion at 1 PM.
Accommodations and travel: Walkers are welcome to drive to start points. Shuttle buses will be available to take marchers back to that day's start point after each leg of the walk. Accommodations will be available for those marchers who wish to stay for the duration of the march.
What to bring: Marchers should dress for the weather. Temperatures will range from the 30s to the 50s depending on the time of day. Plan to wear very comfortable walking shoes. The NAACP will serve breakfast and dinner for marchers, and snacks and water will be available during the march. We still encourage you to bring your own liquids and snacks to stay hydrated and healthy. Marchers staying overnight should plan to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, and clothes for the next day.
Route:US50 W to Monroe St...The last day, we'll begin near the Maries River and we'll march 12.5 miles and end at the Governor's mansion