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.
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.
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.
Uplifting - Viola Liuzzo (1925-1965), the first white woman killed during the American civil rights movement. "Inspired by the efforts of African Americans in the South to obtain the right to vote, she participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march for black voting rights in 1965. While shuttling marchers in her car, she was shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization determined to keep segregation alive." Her reputation was unnecessarily…
Viola Liuzzo left her Detroit home in 1965 to join the legions of protesters at the Voting Rights March in Selma, ultimately meeting her end at the hands of the Klan. Was she a housewife looking to rebel? An advocate meddling in affairs that weren't her to begin with? An FBI coverup unveiled? Explore the life of Liuzzo in "Vindicating Viola Liuzzo" by Mary Stanton, Alabama Heritage, Fall 2010, Issue 98. #AlabamaHistory #CivilRights #FBI