Fred Shuttlesworth

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Fred Shuttlesworth was an American civil rights activist during the 1960's.

Early life[change | change source]

Shuttlesworth was born on March 18, 1922, in Mount Meigs, Alabama. He became a reverend, or a Protestant Christian clergyman.

Civil rights[change | change source]

In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the United States, meaning that white people and black people were not allowed to use the same facilities, and the ones for black people were usually worse than the ones for white people.

Birmingham stayed segregated until Martin Luther King Jr. and people from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including Fred Shuttlesworth, protested for the rights of African Americans. Reverend Shuttlesworth also started the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights [1]) in May 1956.[2]

Death[change | change source]

Shuttlesworth died on October 5, 2011, in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, where he had organized protests.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR)". Stanford.
  2. University, © Stanford; Stanford; California 94305 (2017-04-24). "Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR)". The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Retrieved 2021-02-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)