Detroit — Sally Liuzzo seemed close to tears when she saw the statue of her late mother unveiled Tuesday.
"You know it's Mom," Liuzzo said after the ceremony honoring Viola Gregg Liuzzo in the northwest Detroit park named for the civil rights martyr who was slain in Alabama in 1965.
"Viola marched for people to have the right to live their best life," said Metro Detroit sculptor Austen Brantley, who made the statue. "Her life tells us that we should not be complacent but to take action in our community and our nation.
"Through her symbol, we have a North Star that shines so bright," he concluded, drawing "awwws" from the audience.