Mary Lilleboe

Mary LiliboeOregon, USA

(Level I – 2015)

(Level II – 2016)

I have been immersed in the Civil & Voting Rights Movement since I was 17 years old. My work started when my mother was murdered by a carload of KKK men after participating in the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. The struggle to find the truth and clear my mother’s name took me through decades of struggle with hatred, incompetence, corruption and oppression. In my quest to feel close to the mother I lost, I traveled through the South talking to the people my mother spent the last days of her life with, victims of the same hatred that killed my mother. I return annually to join those who commemorate the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. I am active in civil and human rights education and awareness, frequently speaking at events and rallies, schools and churches, universities and organizations.