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Archive for January, 2006


Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Hairum and Scareum
Two of my father and mother in-law’s “farm cats” named Hairum (bottom) and Scareum (top). Still kittens, laying in the warm sun on a beautiful November day.

E is for Equality

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Viola Liuzzo
On MLK Day, some friends of ours had us over for a Birthday BBQ. They had a pack of Civil Rights Movement “photo cards” with stories on the back. One caught my eye, and my illustration is based off the card, a simple family photo. Martin Luther King once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The following copy is from the card, copyright of Library of Congress:

Viola Liuzzo, 1926-1965
Mother of five children and wife of a Detroit Teamster official, Viola Liuzzo might have appeared to be a “typical” homemaker, but as a part-time student at Wayne State University she had already participated in civil rights protests. In 1965, she saw the televised attack by state troopers on the peaceful marchers heading from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to petition for African American voting rights. Liuzzo felt compelled to drive her green Oldsmobile for three straight days to join the demonstration. On March 25, as a new group of marchers reached Montgomery and she was ferrying demonstrators back to Selma, she was chased at nearly 100 mph by Ku Klux Klansmen who shot her twice in the face. “My wife died for a sacred battle, the rights of humanity,” her husband said. “She took a quote from Abraham Lincoln that all men are created equal and that’s the way she believed.”