There are several tributes to the life of the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth available as family members and residents throughout the city and the country prepare to honor the civil rights leader this weekend.
There was a wreath laying at the statue bearing his resemblance in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on October 12 by members of the Birmingham chapter of the NAACP. CBS 42 and Weld for Birmingham have also collected Shuttlesworth’s own thoughts, with Weld’s publisher, Mark Kelly, offering this reflective account on October 15.
The October 21 print edition of The Birmingham News includes a special section (contained in section A) complete with quotes from Shuttlesworth, a photo gallery and remembrances from individuals including one from BCRI president Lawrence Pijeaux.
Wade Black, executive director of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, has shared a remembrance of Shuttlesworth and his importance to the civil rights movement in our editorial section today.
Reverend Shuttlesworth will be remembered at a private family service at Bethel Baptist Church on October 22. His body will be at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for public respects Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Diane McWhorter and Robert Corley will be co-moderating Historians and History Makers Pay Tribute to the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, from 3 – 5 p.m. that day at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. October 24 at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Wylam prior to private burial at Oak Hill Cemetery (just north of downtown).
Photo: Shuttlesworth Memorial at BCRI, October 13, 2011. acnatta/bhamterminal.com.