BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, often eclipsed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in life, was praised Sunday as the catalyst who brought the civil rights movement to Birmingham and launched King into immortality. Those who knew him best urged others to continue the tireless example he set, working long after victory in […]

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today issued a statement about the passing of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. “Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth today. As one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Shuttlesworth dedicated his life to advancing the cause of justice for […]

When legendary civil rights activist Fred Shuttlesworth died at the age of 89 yesterday, many African Americans both young and old had no idea who he was. The reaction from many young African Americans was: “Who was he?” The question begs our need for more self-education and African American stories needing to be told in our […]