Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The daughter of Viola Liuzzo speaks

Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925-March 25, 1965), a Unitarian Universalist committed to work for education and economic justice, gave her life for the cause of civil rights. The 39-year-old mother of five was murdered by white supremacists after her participation in the protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Liuzzo's daughter, Sally, just six when her mother was murdered, has a very personal take on the racial and cultural anger and hatred roiling the presidential campaign in recent weeks. Black and Progressive Sociologists for Obama has posted a brief but searing piece by Sally Liuzzo-Prado:

This campaign has been an emotional roller coaster for me. It has validated for me everything that my mother taught me. Although it has been 43 years since her death, the pain is still there. I still struggle with trying to keep my emotions under control. My mother's murder has never gotten much easier for me to talk about. As much as I miss her, I would not change a thing. I am so proud of her and the sacrifice she made for her fellow man. She taught me more in the six short years we were together, than many parents teach their children in a lifetime. She taught me to choose my friends by their character, not by their appearance or status. I have three children, my 19 year old twin daughters were born the same day my mother was killed, March 25th, twenty-four years later. She left a legacy that my family is passing on to our children. Hopefully in some small way, we can make this planet a better place for all of us.

Let us promote positive race relations instead of hate speech, especially in a presidential campaign. Read more...

Read more about Viola Liuzzo.


JenX67 said...

how could i have lived 41 years and be as well read and educated as i am and never heard of this woman? just proves how little we talk and teach this stuff.

Anonymess said...

What jenx57 said.


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