Release Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2008
Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Wal-Mart to Serve as Title Sponsor of the NFB March for Independence

Wal-Mart’s Donation Will Support Blind People Across the Country

Baltimore, Maryland (April 21, 2008): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced today that Wal-Mart will be the title sponsor of the NFB’s second annual March for Independence.  Wal-Mart made a donation to support blind people and those losing vision through the programs and initiatives of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute.  The March for Independence—A Walk for Opportunity will take place on the morning of Wednesday, July 2, as part of the convention of the National Federation of the Blind to be held this year in Dallas.

Fifteen hundred blind citizens from across the nation will march from the Hilton Anatole Hotel to the American Airlines Plaza to raise money to benefit blind people all over the United States and to raise awareness about the capabilities of blind people.

“As a company that strives to help people live better, Wal-Mart is proud to sponsor charitable causes important to our customers and associates, such as the annual March for Independence,” said Scott Williams, vice president of E-Commerce, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “Wal-Mart is proud to support the NFB in its tireless efforts to improve the lives of blind people throughout the country.”

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased to have Wal-Mart as the title sponsor of our March for Independence this year.  With the support of generous partners like Wal-Mart, we will be able to change what it means to be blind and once and for all eliminate the 70 percent unemployment rate among the blind in the United States.”

For more information about the March for Independence, including how to participate and how to sponsor a marcher, visit  To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind, visit