Wayne State University to Honor a Civil Rights Movement Martyr

Wayne State University in Detroit has announced that it will award the first posthumous honorary degree in its 145-year history to Viola Gregg Liuzzo. In 1965, Liuzzo, a White women who studied nursing at Wayne State University, was murdered in Lowndes County, Alabama, by the Ku Klux Klan. Liuzzo, a member of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, was helping participants in the Selma voting rights effort. She was 39 years old.

liuzzoThree White men were acquitted of murder in state court but later were convicted of federal conspiracy charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A collection of documents relating to the life and death of Liuzzo and the subsequent investigation and trial has been established at the Levi Watkins Learning Center Digital Library at Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

HBCUs and the Olympics: From London 1948 To Paris 2024

Before the racial integration of southern state universities, Black athletes from HBCUs had tremendous success in track and field events at the Olympic Games.

Four HBCUs Receive Funding to Revitalize On-Campus Buildings Designed by Black Architects

Meharry Medical College, Howard University, Morehouse College, and Virginia State University have received grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revitalize historical on-campus buildings designed by Black architects.

Study Uncovers Racial Bias in University Admissions and Decision-Making AI Algorithms

A new study has found university admissions and decision-making AI algorithms incorrectly predict academic failure for Black students 19 percent of the time, compared to 12 percent of White students and 6 percent of Asian students.

Donald Comer Named Interim President of Lane College in Tennessee

Dr. Comer has extensive experience as an advocate for HBCUs and African American business education serving on the board of trustees for Stillman College and LeMoyne-Owen College. He will assume his new duties on August 1.
spot_img

Featured Jobs