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Fred Shuttlesworth

Fred Shuttlesworth

(1922 – 2011)

  • RIP Fred. You did a lot of good in your life. Rest in peace.
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Fred Shuttlesworth

Fred Shuttlesworth
(1922 – 2011)

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Fred Shuttlesworth

(1922 – 2011)
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About Fred
This is an online obituary dedicated to Fred Shuttlesworth. Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth (born Freddie Lee Robinson) was a civil rights activist who led the fight against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He 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 returned to Birmingham after his retirement in 2007.
Fred Shuttlesworth was portrayed by Roger Robinson in the television miniseries King. The Birmingham Airport is named after him.
In 1957 Fred
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Shuttlesworth, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Montgomery, Rev. Joseph Lowery from Mobile, Alabama, Rev. T.J. Jemison from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Rev. C.K. Steele from Tallahassee, Florida, Rev. A.L.Davis from New Orleans, Louisiana, Bayard Rustin and Ella Baker founded the Southern Leadership Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration, later renamed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC adopted a motto to underscore its commitment to nonviolence: "Not one hair of one head of one person should be harmed."
Fred Shuttlesworth embraced that philosophy, even though his own personality was combative, headstrong and sometimes blunt-spoken to the
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point that he frequently antagonized his colleagues in the movement as well as his opponents. He was not shy in asking King to take a more active role in leading the fight against segregation and warning that history would not look kindly on those who gave "flowery speeches" but did not act on them. He alienated some members of his congregation by devoting as much time as he did to the civil rights movement, at the expense of weddings, funerals and other ordinary church functions.
As a result, in 1961 Fred Shuttlesworth moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to take up the pastorage of the Revelation Baptist Church. He remained intensely involved in the Birmingham struggle after moving to Cincinnati, and frequently returned
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to help lead actions.
Fred Shuttlesworth was apparently personally fearless, even though he was aware of the risks he ran. Other committed activists were scared off or mystified by his willingness to accept the risk of death. Fred Shuttlesworth himself vowed to "kill segregation or be killed by it"
On January 8th, 2001, he was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton. Prompted by the removal of a non-cancerous brain tumour in August of the previous year, he gave his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church on the 19th March 2006—the weekend of his 84th birthday.
On July 16, 2008, the Birmingham, Alabama Airport Authority approved
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changing the name of the "Birmingham International Airport (U.S.)" in honor of Fred Shuttlesworth. On October 27th, 2008, the airport was officially changed to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Sadly, on October 5th 2011, Fred Shuttleworth died. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his beliefs. May he rest in peace.
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On 6th Oct 2011
Temekia Shipp
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Thank you for all your hard work! You will truly be missed. R.I.P Mr.Shuttlesworth!
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RIP Fred. You did a lot of good in your life. Rest in peace.
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Fred Shuttlesworth

This is an online obituary dedicated to Fred Shuttlesworth. Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth (born Freddie Lee Robinson) was a civil rights activist who led the fight against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He 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 returned to Birmingham after his retirement in 2007.
Fred Shuttlesworth was portrayed by Roger Robinson in the television miniseries King. The Birmingham Airport is named after him.
In 1957 Fred...

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