Shuttlesworth, Fred L., 1922-


Fred Lee Shuttlesworth was a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and one of the principal organizers of the anti-segregation demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama in the spring of 1963. From 1957 to 1960, Shuttlesworth was the pastor of several Baptist churches including First Baptist Church in Birmingham. He also served as SCLC's secretary from 1958 to 1970. In March 1965, Shuttlesworth helped organize the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. The march was organized to protest voting discrimination in Alabama. During anti-segregation demonstrations, Shuttlesworth had many run-ins with Eugene "Bull" Connor, the Birmingham commissioner of safety who used tactics such as fire hoses and dogs to stop protesters. -- Encyclopedia Britannica

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