DETROIT — A 23-year-old sculptor is shaping the memory of a Detroit civil rights activist who was slain in Alabama during a 1965 voting rights march. Austen Brantley is preparing to unveil a statue of Viola Liuzzo this July, the Detroit Free Press reported. Brantley was commissioned by a nonprofit to memorialize the white activist for a northwest Detroit park that was renovated and dedicated in Liuzzo's name last year. Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five, drove from Detroit to Alabama to join 25,000 others in support of a march led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She was driving fellow activists between Montgomery and Selma when she was fatally shot by Ku Klux Klan members in another car. Liuzzo is known as the only white woman to have been killed in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Brantley, a black self-taught artist who was born in Detroit, only learned of Liuzzo's story when he started researching to create a proposal for the statue project. He said he found Liuzzo's … [Read more...] about Detroit-area sculptor to memorialize civil right activist
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DETROIT — The Michigan Supreme Court has granted new trials after a man who witnessed his mother's murder at age 8 said the wrong men are in prison. Charmous Skinner Jr. is now in his late 20s. He was never interviewed by police or defense attorneys, despite being in the van with his mother when she was slain in Detroit on Mother's Day 1999. Michigan's highest court said Monday that Skinner's description of the shooter is vastly different to the details offered at trial. The court says the convictions of Justly Johnson and Kendrick Scott "were based on shaky grounds." Johnson and Scott have been in prison for more than 18 years. The case was reopened after a TV-reporter-turned-private-investigator, Scott Lewis, found Skinner in 2011 and interviewed him about his mother's death. … [Read more...] about Boyhood memory leads to new trials in Detroit murder case
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 11:03 PM EDT Jun 21, 2019 VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Moritz Seider couldn’t stop smiling, couldn’t stop shaking. He was as shocked as everyone else Friday at Rogers Arena when Steve Yzerman announced the German defenseman, who'd been projected to go anywhere from No. 12 to No. 23, as his his first pick as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. When Seider, selected with the sixth overall pick, ascended the platform to greet the Wings’ brain trust, Yzerman gave him some advice: “He told me, just be calm and enjoy the moment," Seider said, "because my hands were still shaking I was so sweaty. “It’s insane. I can’t describe it in words.” The highest-rated defenseman in the draft, Canadian Bowen Byram, was picked by Colorado at fourth. The Wings had the choice among elite forwards Cole Caufield, Dylan Cozens, Trevor Zegras and Vasili Podkolzin. But the Wings, who have … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings draft pick Moritz Seider on being 6th pick: \
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:58 PM EDT Jun 7, 2019 Shamorie Ponds states his calling card plainly. In a hype video released on The Player Tribune’s Twitter account, the St. John’s point guard tells the world why NBA teams are considering him for the upcoming draft. “I get buckets,” he says. The video explains the root of Ponds’ swagger, which was born on New York City playgrounds, and continued through a storied high school career and three years at the New York-area university. Ponds — along with five other prospects — worked out for the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the franchise’s seventh workout with just under two weeks before the June 20 draft, which will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Ponds joined four potential first-round picks — guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Luguentz Dort and Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Nassir Little. Shaw guard Amir Hinton also participated. Ponds is … [Read more...] about Could Detroit Pistons give Shamorie Ponds a second-round look?
DETROIT — A statue of a civil rights activist who was slain in Alabama during a 1965 voting rights march has been dedicated at the Detroit park that bears her name. The statue unveiled Tuesday shows Viola Liuzzo walking barefoot — with shoes in one hand — and a Ku Klux Klan hood on the ground behind her. Sculptor Austen Brantley, who memorialized the white activist from Detroit, says Liuzzo's life "tells us ... to take action in our community and our nation." Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five, drove from Detroit to Alabama to join 25,000 others in support of a march led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She was driving fellow activists between Montgomery and Selma when she was fatally shot by Ku Klux Klan members in another car. … [Read more...] about Statue of slain civil right activist dedicated in Detroit