Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, civil rights movement firebrand, dies at 89

October 7, 2011



Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, civil rights movement firebrand, dies at 89

By Elaine Woo | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader, died Wednesday. He was 89.
He was the last of the civil rights movement’s “Big Three,” who, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.
……He became an activist in Birmingham, calling for the hiring of African American police officers and joining the voter registration efforts of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also supported the Montgomery bus boycott, led by King, in 1955.

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