Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist and mother of three from Detroit, Michigan, who was murdered at age 39 by Ku Klux Klan members after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama. One of the Klansmen in the car from which the shots were fired was a FBI informant. (rw)
Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' Viola Liuzzo, was killed by Ku Klux Klan members following a voting rights march in Alabama in 1965. Liuzzo was the only white woman protester to die in the civil rights movement.
Viola Liuzzo (1925-1965) was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan on the last night of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. She is the only white woman honored at the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial. Remembered primarily for the atmosphere of scandal surrounding her death, she is considered the most controversial of the civil-rights martyrs.
Viola Liuzzo, mother of five from Detroit, was shot and killed while driving a young black activist, Leroy Moton, back to the town of Selma, Alabama following a protest march to the state capital of Montgomery on March 25, 1965. She was driving the white car near the bottom of the photo when a car pulled alongside hers and shot her twice in the head. Mr. Moton was unhurt. An all-white jury convicted 3 KK Klansmen of the murder Dec 3, 1965.
Killed by KKK and Smeared by FBI, Civil Rights Martyr Finally Hailed as Hero. The only white woman killed in the civil rights movement, Viola Liuzzo left comfort of Detroit home to help blacks overcome voting barriers.
USA. Selma, Alabama. 1965. The Great Freedom March. Car of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights worker from Detroit, who was driving to Selma with 19-year-old Leroy Morton, when they were forced off the road, shot and killed.