JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A group of protestors, with the Southern Movement Assembly, gathered Monday night in Jacksonville to kick off their journey south to Sanford, Florida. The group of 30 protestors left from Hemming Plaza and are headed on foot down US 1.
At the heels of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the group says they hope to change the political and racial climate across the state.
"We want Angela Corey removed from office, and we're also looking to get Marissa Alexander removed from jail," said Ant Haynte. Alexander is a Jacksonville woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after her stand your ground defense failed.
The group is calling the planned 5 day walk to Sanford a "Walk for Dignity."
"We're planning on staying at different churches and holding assemblies, where we're going to meet with the communities about where we're going and what we want to do," said Esgefania Galvis.
With three other groups holding similar marches across the state, organizers say their mission is to create a peaceful, honest dialogue about race in our country.
"A lot of times in situations like this, people think that things like this will fizzle off, or what we'll lose interest and we'll go away, but we're not losing interest in justice," said Haynte.
The group will walk at least 10 miles a day and plan to stop in St. Augustine, Flagler Beach and Daytona Beach, before their final stop in Sanford which is expected Friday.
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