Thursday, October 6, 2011
a great loss
Civil Rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Martin Luther King called him "one of the nation's most courageous freedom fighters ... a wiry, energetic and indomitable man."
"When others did not have the courage to stand up, speak up and speak out, Fred Shuttlesworth put all he had on the line to end segregation in Birmingham and the state of Alabama. He was beaten with chains, his church was bombed, and he lived under constant threat of physical violence."
- John Lewis
1. in Montgomery, Alabama, 2007
2. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and Rev. Ralph Abernathy at a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, May 8, 1963