Liuzzo, Viola, 1925-1965
Viola Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925-March 25, 1965) was a white civil rights activist from the U.S. state of Michigan and mother of five, who was murdered 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 an FBI informant, and the FBI carried out a smear campaign against Liuzzo after her death. Liuzzo's name is one of those inscribed on a civil rights memorial in the state capital.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Encyclopedia of Alabama (Encyclopedia of Alabama)
- FBI Freedom of Information Act Collection (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- Viola Liuzzo Collection (Levi Watkins Learning Center (Alabama State University))
- Voices of Freedom: The Virginia Civil Rights Movement (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)