Within the next week or so Viola, a 39-year-old mother of five children left her husband and five children behind in Detroit, Michigan to join the movement. She drove to Selma in her Oldsmobile. It took her a total of three days to get there. In Selma, Viola was assigned to help out at a nursing station and organized transportation for those participating Voters Rights March. While Viola was returning back to Montgomery to pick up of other marchers, a car drove up next her car and she was shot. Viola had been in the head and killed. There was a nineteen year old Black male in the car with Viola named Leroy Monton. Within days, four members of the Klu Klux Klan were arrested for the murder of Viola. All were acquitted of murder, but later found guilty of violating Viola’s civil rights.
Viola was a 39-year-old wife, mother and homemaker. The fact that she left her family behind to join a movement in support of blacks was not the norm for woman. More importantly, it was not expected of a White woman. According to one elderly White gentleman in the documentary, “She had no business in Selma in the first place.” This gentleman’s thoughts were probably based on the roles that were expected of women. I think that Viola’s struggled with issues