Our Valdosta State University NAACP Chapter has been working hard on the Justice for Kendrick Johnson movement and have been fighting to move more and more supporters to this heartbreaking story. Our chapter has held many interactive events, rallies, sit-ins and marches to expand the knowledge of this particular case to the masses. Just this past Wednesday, Dec. 11, there was a rally conducted on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, GA. There were plenty of influential leaders from all over the Atlanta area that spoke in front of a crowd of two hundred plus people. Martin Luther King lll, son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., started the rally off with encouraging words for the Johnson family and citizens of their Valdosta community. "We must always remember that justice will always be served when you keep fighting for what is right," said King lll.
Some other speakers of the rally were, Morehouse College's NAACP President, Stephen Green, The Johnson's family Attorneys Chevene B. King and Benjamin Crump, BET Media Personality Jeff Johnson, Spelman College SGA President Shanteal Lake, VSU's NAACP President Alexis Bell and many more. The air was filled with so much pride for the people who came together for the Johnson family and wanted to know what steps were next in coming any closer to justice.
Another pinnacle of the movement for our chapter is the collaboration with the youth and social change organization group called Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders are known for "training and organizing youth and students in nonviolent civil disobedience, civic engagement and direct action". A group of the defenders have been helping our chapter with an assimilation of VSU students, Kendrick's family and people from the Florida and Georgia areas to come to together for multiple sit-ins at the Lowndes County Courthouse and documentaries on the entire sequence of events.
We hold the hands and uplift the hearts of this very brave Johnson family and are continually praying for the best in a positive outcome of Kendrick's case. The rally in Atlanta was just the beginning of addressing to Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal for a point of prosecution for a further investigation of Kendrick Johnson's Death. We all want to move forward and lay to peace this entire experience and reach Justice for KJ!
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By: Morgan B. Matthews
Press and Publicity Chair