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Fred Shuttlesworth

March 18, 1922 – October 5, 2011

Civil Rights Advocate & Activist

Fred Shuttlesworth was a fearless leader in the Civil Rights movement. A Birmingham minister, Shuttlesworth experienced beatings, arrests and the bombing of his home, but still taught his children to “always forgive.” Shuttlesworth was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was instrumental in the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, and continued to work against racism and for alleviation of the problems of the homeless in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he took up a pastorate in 1961.

“He never, ever lost faith in the power of love to overcome hate. He helped liberate not just a people but an entire nation from the burden of hate.” -Repl John L. Lewis

Submitted by our members in 2011.