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Drivers warned to be cautious near NAACP marchers

Driver alert: The NAACP’s Journey for Justice march will enter Georgia Saturday in West Point and continue eastward through the state on some very busy roads before crossing into South Carolina on Aug. 18.

Motorists are asked to be cautious when traveling through the approved routes for marchers.

The march will approach the metro Atlanta area on Tuesday on U.S. 29 (Ga. 14) heading through Palmetto and Fairburn. The marchers will travel under I-285 as they proceed through College Park into Atlanta.

On Wednesday, their path will continue along several intown routes: Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Fair Street, Walker Street, Fair Street, Peters Street, Trinity Avenue, Memorial Drive, Capitol Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, Edgewood Avenue, Auburn Avenue, Boulevard, Irwin Street, Lake Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Moreland Avenue, U.S. 78, and back to U.S. 29.

By the end of Wednesday, they will have proceeded about 7.3 miles northeast on U.S. 29 and crossed underneath I-285.

On Thursday, the marchers will continue through Snellville, Lilburn and Lawrenceville along U.S. 29, Hugh Howell Road, Lawrenceville Highway, East Crogan Street and Winder Highway.

There will be no marching on Friday.

On Saturday, the march will pick up from Winder Highway and continue through outer Lawrenceville, Dacula and Winder along U.S. 29, Winder Highway and Atlanta Highway (Athens Lawrenceville Highway; East May Street).

America’s Journey for Justice commenced Aug. 1 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The march will feature rallies and teach-ins along the route, satellite events across the country, and a #JusticeSummer social media campaign – and will culminate in a Washington, D.C. rally and advocacy day.

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