Profile: Viola Liuzzo

bri3 Brilynn Janckila, junior professional writing major: Viola Liuzzo was a wife, mother of five, part time student at Wayne State University, and she was a civil rights activist. When she saw peaceful marchers in Alabama being attacked by the police on TV, she felt compelled to join. She drove to Selma for three straight days in her green Oldsmobile. After she arrived, she was chased off the road and shot in the face by four Ku Klux Klansmen- one of whom was an FBI informant. President Johnson appeared on TV to announce their arrest. However, to avoid negative media, Johnson focused on the positive work of the agents in solving Liuzzo’s murder to keep the public in the dark about the FBI’s involvement.

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