Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth – A Civil Rights Icon
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (March 18, 1922 – October 5, 2011)
The above shot is from then Senator Obama, assisting Rev. Shuttlesworth across the Edmond Pettus Bridge [Selma, AL], during the annual “Bloody Sunday” commemoration. Picture taken March 4, 2007. Courtesy of Life Magazine.
Would there have been a civil rights movement if not for the courage of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and the heeding of the call from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy????
We will never know. What we do know is the Civil Rights movement caught fire in Birmingham, AL. Just as the 99% and Wall Street protest are mushrooming all across the nation.
It was the extremely hostile environment blacks had to suffer that motivated Rev. Shuttlesworth to put his reputation on the table, and ask Dr. King to come “see for himself.”
The rest is history. There is much written about the Civil Rights movement but the seminole piece or documentation with legitimacy or authority is the “Eyes on the Prize” series. Volumes I and II do an excellent job of allowing you to see Rev. Shuttlesworth up close. You will be able to see for yourself, the giant he was, and how along with him and the thousands of other unsung heroes how they were able to change the South, and others who practiced racial discrimination.