Chicagoans Making The Journey To Mark 50th Anniversary Of Selma March

(CBS) – A number of buses, vans and caravans are on the way from Chicago to Selma, Alabama, to celebrate a civil-rights milestone.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

Maureen Forte has gone every year for the past 11 years on the anniversary of the voting-rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

On this 50th anniversary of the 1965 march, Forte is headed back with members from several social service organizations.

“It’s a new beginning where the elders will be embracing the younger generation to build new leaders,” Forte says.

Victoria Titus Washington spent her childhood summers in the South. She witnessed the struggles and challenges of African Americans.

“We have also a sense of resiliency and it is that sense of resiliency that I’d like to share with future generations,” Washington says.

It’s a message for future leaders like these a group of young civil-rights attorneys who are making the journey.

The recent movie “Selma,” they say, inspired them to make the trip.

Candace Moore is making her journey to Selma in a van with 10 other attorneys. They plan to leave early Friday. Maureen Forte is taking a bus load of more than 50 people. They’ll hit the road late Thursday.

It’s a 12-hour drive in good weather.

So far, the bad forecast is not stopping anyone from making the historical trip, though a group from Operation PUSH got snarled in a Kentucky traffic jam related to snowfall there.

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