Rights pioneer the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth will speak at the University of South
Alabama at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.
The lecture sponsored by the USA African-American Studies program and Jaguar Productions
is free and open to the public.
Shuttlesworth, a Baptist minister since
1950, was considered by many as one of the Civil Rights Movements big
three, along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. Shuttlesworth
is now pastor of the Greater New Light Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
During the program at USA, Shuttlesworth will talk about Civil and Human
Rights, Today and Tomorrow.
We seem to be satisfied and think
our journey is complete, he said. Before I leave this earth, I want
to see a more spirited movement from the church and our youth towards eradicating
racism in this country.
Shuttlesworth said theres more work
to be done to stop violence around the world.
You can not bomb people
and make them love and respect you, he said. America is in danger
of losing its center core. People have forgotten to be human in their quest for
peace. Its important that we teach our youth about the truth and organize
a movement for peace and equality for all people.
born in Montgomery County and raised in Oxmoor, Ala. He joined the Civil Rights
Movement in 1956 when he was a church pastor in Birmingham. In May of that year,
a group of Alabama politicians outlawed the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People.
Shuttlesworth, who worked closely with King, organized
a group of Birminghams African-American ministers. The group, the Alabama
Christian Movement for Human Rights, launched a series of demonstrations and economic
boycotts that led to the desegregation of Birmingham schools, stores and restaurants.
During Shuttlesworths fight for equality, his home was bombed twice
by white segregationists. He was jailed more than 25 times.
commentator Howard K. Smith referred to Shuttlesworth at the time as he
man most feared by the southern racist.
In 1992 the City of Birmingham
dedicated a statue of Shuttlesworth during the opening of the Birmingham Civil
Rights Institute, where he is a founding member. Later that year, the city also
named its Huntsville Road, the F.L. Shuttlesworth Drive.
is the recipient of the A. Phillip Randolph Institutes highest award for
his civil rights work. He is also listed as one of the Greatest Living Cincinnatians,
by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.
Three books are written based on
Shuttlesworths work in civil rights. They include Step by Step,
A Walk to Freedom: The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and the Alabama Christian
Movement for Human Rights, and A Fire You Cant Put Out: The
Civil Rights Life of Birminghams Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth.
A book signing is scheduled to follow Shuttlesworths speech. For more information
call Dr. Jean McIver, director of African-American Studies at 460-6146.