Watch “St. Louis to Selma” Wednesday on FOX 2

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Reporter Paul Schankman at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – FOX 2 News presents “St. Louis to Selma” a half-hour special, Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Nearly 50 years ago, demonstrators left Selma, Alabama headed for the State Capital of Montgomery, 54 miles away. Their cause was clear; bring an end to the roadblocks that made voter registration almost impossible for African Americans living in the Deep South in 1965.

FOX 2’s Paul Schankman traveled to Selma and met with those who remember, including Sheyann Webb-Christburg, the youngest protester caught in the chaos of Bloody Sunday, and Charles Maudlin, who was a teenager who helped lead the march, as well as others who pushed for voting rights in the 60’s.

Maalik Shakoor is featured as one of hundreds of local teenagers who have made a pilgrimage to Selma with “Cultural Leadership,” a St. Louis-based organization. The program teaches civil rights history and includes a ceremonial march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Schankman also spoke with Sister Mary Antona Ebo of St. Louis who flew to Selma just after Bloody Sunday, in support of the demonstrators, and also visited Ferguson last summer. She shared her wisdom on the past events in Selma, as well as what needs to be accomplished for the future.

FOX 2’s Shirley Washington visited with Pastor Rodney Francis, the local leader of Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church. Pastor Francis will take his family to Selma to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic march, which is March 7, 2015. As the nation pauses to remember one of the darkest, most pivotal moments in its history, he wants to be there in honor of the occasion.