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Dozens travel to Selma for 50th anniversary of voting rights march

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin boarded a bus with dozens of other Memphians who are traveling to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

The group left early Friday morning from Southland Mall. They will make stops in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma and will be touring civil rights museums and treasures along the way.

"It is my goal on this trip to reignite and get people to come back to Memphis and say, 'This is why we should vote,'" said the trip's organizer, Patrice Robinson. "There's nothing more touching than to be there and walk those same miles. I can't wait to be there. That is a moment in history that I'll never forget."

"I am on this trip to bring awareness about where we have come from more than 50 years ago," said Felicia Lee, 51, who boarded the bus on Friday morning. "As you know, we've had a low voter turnout in our area and hopefully with this opportunity, we will raise the awareness once again."

Mattie Eaton, 76, says she is on the trip because it is her last opportunity to see and experience Selma.

"When this was happening 50 years ago, I wasn't able to get involved due to the fact that I had children, trying to raise them," she said. "That will mean that I can go back and tell my grandchildren. I would like for them to get involved and see what it took for us to obtain our voting rights."

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to be in Selma on Saturday to deliver remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

On Sunday, thousands of people are expected to take over the bridge for the re-enactment of the march.

"I'm just so excited and I'm very emotional, so I already know that I will be brought to tears," Lee added. "Just to be in unity and people to be together on the same accord, same purpose and to have wonderful fellowship 50 years later. I feel wonderful."

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