Fred Shuttlesworth Dead at 89 — Hard-Charging Civil Rights Figure
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement, and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader.
[Shuttlesworth] was the last of the civil rights movement’s “Big Three.” He, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.