1965, Afro American History makers, Civil Rights Movement, Community and Social Activism, Detroit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Education, FBI, Illinois, J. Edgar Hoover, Leroy Moton, Michigan, NAACP, Racial Discrimination, Racial Equality, Racism, Social Causes, Social Justice, spiritual maturity, Unitarian Ministers, Viola Gregg Luizzo
Viola Gregg Luizzo (born April 11, 1925 to March 25, 1965) was an Unitarian, Universalist from Michigan. The mother of 5, traveled from Michigan, to Selma, Alabama . And allowed Leroy Moton to assist her and used her vehicle to shuttle others for the bus stations and airports to the Selma march.
She had a known history of local activism in Detroit…an being a member of NAACP. She was passionate about her work to help others and expose injustices. She called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and ask to volunteer and she became the logistics and coordinator for the Selma march.
Unfortunately driving down Route 80 she and Leroy Moton stopped at a gas station her and a crowd of haters made racist remarks. Fleeing for their lives… a car begin to follow then… immediately life ended when four Klan’s men shot up her vehicle striking her twice in the head it was then her the car veered into a ditch. The Klansmen thought that they were both dead.
Pretending to play dead for his survival Leroy Moton laid there in covered in her blood. until the Klansmen left. And he then waved down for help and the Reverend Leon Riley came to his aid. Sadly, the pain had just begun for her family.
It was Mr. J. Edgar Hoover who thought that the FBI’s name would be tainted … because one of the Klan’s member was a FBI informant who didn’t’ the stop the brutal murder. She they begin to “drag” this woman’s family and a name through the mud. She is the only “white” female on record to be murdered during the Civil Rights Movement.
Take a look at her tragic story and how it ended!