Detroit 67 Third Thursday Speaker Series: Viola Liuzzo

February 16 2017 |
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on the third Thursday of each month beginning in February for a new speaker series. Local scholars and subject matter experts share their knowledge of Detroit’s history, with a focus on multicultural perspectives, civil rights, social justice and other related topics. All presentations run between 6 and 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Detroit Historical Museum. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. To register for a presentation, please contact Charnae Sanders, Public Programs Coordinator, at 313.833.0277 or

Winter Speakers Series:
Viola Liuzzo: Passionate Undertakings
by Michael V. Placco, Professor of History, Macomb Community College
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m.

Viola Liuzzo was a housewife and mother of five with a history of local activism. In March of 1965 she traveled from Detroit to Selma, Alabama in the wake of the Bloody Sunday attempt at marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Liuzzo participated in the successful Selma to Montgomery marches and helped with coordination and logistics. Driving back from a trip shuttling fellow activists to the Montgomery airport, she was shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. In this talk, Placco will share her life story and the legacy