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Transcript of Fred Shuttlesworth
Work as Civil Rights Activist
Shuttlesworth was a Baptist Minister and an important Civil Rights leader in the south who was inspired by the Brown vs. Board of Education
He worked with the civic league and NAACP.
Fred founded many institutions such as the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
After the Movement
Fred Shuttlesworth established the New Light Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He also established the Shuttlesworth Housing Foundation, which provided a low-income source of housing in the 1980's.
Shuttlesworth recieved the Presidential Citizens Medal from Bill Clinton in 2001.
(This medal is the countries second highest civilian award.)
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was named in his honor in 2008.
In 1999 a biography was written on Shuttlesworth called
A Fire You Can't Put Out.
He died October 5, 2011 at 89. He would be 93 in 2015.
Civil Rights Activist
Frederick (Fred) Lee Robinson was born on March 18, 1922 in Mount Meigs, Alabama.
He moved to Birmingham as a toddler.
Fred took the surname Shuttlesworth from his stepfather, William Shuttleworth.
Fred was the oldest child in a very large family and he grew up on his stepfathers farm.
He worked as a truck driver until he was called to live his life for the church.
Shuttlesworth studied at Selma University and Alabama State University.
He later became pastor of Birmingham's Bethel Baptist Church.
He worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was part of a group known as the "Big Three" which included Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and himself.
Fred took his daughter to integrate a white school.
He helped to organize a historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Shuttlesworth convinced King Jr. to put the focal point of the movement on Birmingham, AL.
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