Fred Shuttlesworth, 1922-2011—the great one is gone.

 

Fred Shuttlesworth, hero

Fred Shuttlesworth was the greatest hero of the civil rights movement, and his death at the age of 89 marks the end of an era. It was Shuttlesworth, not King or Abernathy, who sparked direct confrontation with the system of white supremacy in the United States. He was the courageous warrior who led the SCLC to confront Alabama and Bull Connor in the deadly and protracted Birmingham campaign. Without Fred, that would have NEVER happened.

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