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) She Died Fighting For Civil Rights Viola Fauver Liuzzo belonged to the NAACP at the height of the civil rights movement. In 1965, she marched with Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest discrimination. Afterwards, Liuzzo and her black co-worker, Leroy Merton, drove marchers to the airport. On one trip, they were spotted by four Ku Klux Klansmen who guessed that a white woman and a black man traveling together were civil rights activists.
Viola Liuzzo left her children in the care of family, and contacted the SCLC who tasked her with delivering aid to various locations, welcoming and recruiting volunteers and transporting volunteers and marchers to and from airports, bus terminals and train stations, for which she volunteered the use of her car, a 1963 Oldsmobile. She later participated in the successful march from Selma to Montgomery. Viola Liuzzo's funeral was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church on 3/30 in…
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.