Jul 2, 2014

Wednesday Women- Viola Liuzzo

Viola Liuzzo was a 39 year old mother of 5....a social activist Unitarian Universalist & a member of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP  
who saw the vicious beatings on TV happening in Alabama on Bloody Sunday &  so she traveled  down from Detroit Michigan to Selma to take part in the marches...


On March 21 1965, as she was driving a 19 yr old  black activist, Leroy Moton, to Selma, 4 members of The Klan drove up next to her  & shot her... Moton survived by pretending to be dead.... 

These vicious killers were quickly arrested.........One of the 4 Klan murderers was an FBI informant, Gary Rowe, who gave testimony against the others...despite lawsuits brought against him later by her family, Rowe was unfortunately acquitted... She was the only white woman killed by the Klan

It is thought by many that her death brought about the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965...Her name is inscribed on a Civil Rights memorial in Montgomery Alabama...


In 2004 a documentary called Home of The Brave  was made telling her story & the effects it had on her children...... 

She stood up for what she believed in....She stood up for what was right...  She died for those beliefs...another victim of the racism & hatred that existed then & still does today...
Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964..... We should never forget those who died & what they died for....

2 comments:

Sacred Keep said...

A lovely tribute to a very special and brave woman
...:)...
blessings

13 said...

So important to keep this history alive and the message still needed.

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