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Revisiting the Murder of Viola Gregg Liuzzo










by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

I was listening to Sirius XM Left on channel 127. The host was Mark Thompson. He was in Selma, AL for “Bloody Sunday” 2013. His radio guests were Mary Liuzzo, daughter of Viola Gregg Liuzzo who was murdered on an Alabama highway on March 26, 1965. Her passenger was Leroy Bolton, a Black man.

Liuzzo was in Alabama to protest an incident in Selma on March 7, 1965 and to support the right of Blacks to vote. The protest march was allowed to continue on March 21 after a federal court lifted an injunction. The marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and continued on to Montgomery. They arrived in Montgomery on March 25. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed in August.















RIP beautiful Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo-cs

The daughter stated that she was proud of her mother for taking a bold stance. When Thompson asked Bolton if he were still afraid to be in Alabama, he noted that whites were not now training their children to hate Blacks. Bolton had escaped death in 1965 because he had feigned that he was dead.

Liuzzo’s daughter, meanwhile, had a different take on white hate. She believed that too many whites were still teaching their children to hate Blacks and that the difference is the right to vote. She went on to state that Blacks could use it as a weapon to put white racists in jail by electing prosecutors who would vow to prosecute hate crimes.

In the early morning hours of December 1986, I received a telephone call from Chris Griffith. His brother, Michael had just been murdered by a white mob in Howard Beach which Blacks knew to be a political minefield for them. The crime was trespass by Blacks in Howard Beach and it called for capital punishment.

Griffith stated that I was the only Black person in New York City for him to call on to demand justice from a white power structure. Sonny Carson agreed. I knew that it would take a “declaration of war” to get any semblance of justice. I was reluctant to take on the assignment. Blacks in New York still believed that “freedom is free”. They still do.

When white voters elect a white person to a political office, they are fervently opposed to any elected official or elected body removing that person from office. There was a racist in the governor’s office and a racist in the attorney general’s office. The district attorney in Queens was also racist. No Black person had a right to demand the removal of a white prosecutor.

Blacks and whites had put these racists in political offices. I had to demand that the deck of political cards be reshuffled. Leading Blacks and Black selected officials vehemently opposed this move. They demanded that I be disbarred immediately. These minions refused to connect the dots between me, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali.

Eventually, the deck was reshuffled. This was historic. It was the first time in the United States that a special prosecutor was appointed in a racially-motivated case. Some members of the lynch mob would be saddled-down with criminal records. A white, district attorney elected by white racists and gullible Blacks had refused to do the job.

On the other hand, these same prosecutors have no problem stockpiling the prison-industrial complex with Black bodies. The innocence of these Black men is of no moment. The same reasoning was applied to stockpiling Blacks in slave ships. It became a global business. Under the U.S. Constitution, the United States would only stop being a trading partner in 1808. It was not for a moral reason.

Blacks are still in America’s crosshairs because they refuse to exercise the “ballot” and the “bullet”. Instead, they are listening to Negro demagogues who encourage them to promote “plantation politics” and to disarm themselves of any “bullets” even though it is illegal to dial 911 until a crime has been consummated. Dialing 911 is not a defense to harming a white perpetrator.

Any white person who exercises the right to vote is not only enrolled in a political party which supports slavery or sympathizes with it but is also a member of a white-led and white-financed political organization. The political organization is necessary because of the words of Thomas Jefferson: “The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.” A political party, on the other hand, makes racist laws and elects racist candidates.

Virtually all Blacks, on the other hand, are not enrolled in a suitable political party and are not enrolled in a Black-led and Black-financed political organization. The NAACP, the Rainbow Coalition and the National Action Network fail to quality. They adhere to the notion that “he who pays the piper calls the tune.”
















There were indictments for the murder of Viola Liuzzo. In May 1965, they were tried but were released because of a mistrial. An all-white jury acquitted Collie Wilkins of her murder. Three members of the KKK were convicted of conspiracy to violate her civil rights. Klansman Eugene Thomas would be freed after an appeal. Two Klansmen would receive ten years in prison.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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