Viola Liuzzo Birthday Celebration and Park Restoration Events

Date: Apr 11th 2015, 4-6pm  |  Fundraisers  |  News

Join MCHR for multiple events celebrating the life of Viola Liuzzo and the pending renovations of Viola Liuzzo Park during the week of her birthday!


APRIL 11 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Celebration of Friends of Viola Liuzzo Park

Celebrate what would have been Viola Liuzzo’s 90th birthday at Viola Liuzzo Park (Trojan & Winthrop. 1 block W of Greenfield and 1 block S of the Lodge near 8 Mile) with MCHR and Friends of Viola Liuzzo Park:

Saturday, April 11, 2015     

4pm to 6pm

Birthday activities include:

An announcement of Park renovations to honor Viola’s legacy!  

Popcorn, cake, snacks!  

Fun activities for children!   

Drum line!  

Step Dancers & more!

Fifty years ago, a determined and committed Detroit student and mother of five, Viola Liuzzo, joined the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, after Bloody Sunday when blacks and whites were brutally beaten attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  She was murdered by the KKK for helping black people register to vote.

What would you do for freedom? She gave her life. Join us in celebrating her life, recognizing her family’s sacrifice, and renovating the Viola Liuzzo Park!

MCHR will also be looking for volunteers to help with leafleting our flyer for the April 14th Community Fundraiser event after the birthday celebration from 6-7:30 in the neighborhood around the park. Interested volunteers should call the office at 313 579-9071 by April 9th.

Please make donations to park renovation payable to:

“Greening of Detroit, Viola Liuzzo Park Association” on the memo line.

Your donations can be mailed to Colette Mezza, 21918 Shady Lane Ave, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080


APRIL 14 7:00 p.m. – MCHR Community Fundraiser

MCHR and Gospel Tabernacle Church are committed to restore and revitalize this Detroit park, located near 8 Mile and Greenfield in NW Detroit, which honors the life and sacrifice of Detroit’s Viola Liuzzo. Mrs. Liuzzo was murdered by the KKK in Lowndes County, Alabama during the Civil Rights Era, while working with the organizers of the march on Selma.

Dean Robb, Esq., civil rights attorney for the Liuzzo Family, will speak at a fundraising event for the park revitalization project on the following date and location:

Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm

Gospel Tabernacle Church

19371 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI

Suggested donation: $5, light refreshments will be served

To learn more about the project, please visit and like the Viola Liuzzo Park page on Facebook.



Kim Redigan Recounts Recent Human Rights Mission to U.S.-Mexico Border/2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019/Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery/Detroit

Sponsored by MCHR; Citizens for Peace; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit & Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery 

Detroit activist Kim Redigan recently traveled to the Mexico-U.S. border at Tijuana, where she witnessed the trauma imposed by an immigration system that criminalizes asylum seekers. In her first-hand account, Kim will talk of people fleeing the violence of poverty, civil war and the long history of U.S. intervention.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery
33 E. Adams
Detroit, Mich.  48226
(At Woodward/Just west of Comerica Park)

Free admission.
Public welcome.

Click here to see event flyer.


April 14, 2019, MCHR Annual Dinner at Marygrove College, Keynote Speaker is U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Reception: 4 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m.

The MCHR Annual Dinner will be held April 14, 2018 at Marygrove College in Detroit.

U.S. House Representative Rashida Tlaib will deliver the keynote address.

MCHR will also recognize several individuals and groups for their human rights activism:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Sam Stark and Kae Halonen
  • Organization Award — East Michigan Environmental Council (EMEAC)
  • Youth Activist Award — Jonathon Roberts
  • Special Recognition — Colombian GM Workers

For more information on tickets, sponsorships or dinner program advertising, contact Chantelle Yancy at or 313-775-0442.

Click here to view the flyer.