Condolence & Memory Journal

My my my thats some legacy Mr Shuttlesworth is leaving. What a courageous man. The family has my sincere sympathy for your loss. Many changes were made by people like Mr Shuttlesworth but total change has to be accomplished by the one who created all things.

Posted by Steele    March 31, 2020

Whoa, things just got a whole lot eaesir.

Posted by Hester - lkcSPJF3sqE2, IN - IHBtE5X39Xvk   December 30, 2014

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God seen a beautiful flower so he went to his garden a pick one and he said unto you come home my child I need you in my garden. God continue to bless this family and strength them with you powers in Jesus Name I pray. AMEN

Posted by Ruby - Sister in Christ   November 01, 2011

My sympathy to the Shuttlesworth family. Fred will be remembered as one of the pioneers in the long struggle for civil rights.

Posted by J Long    October 12, 2011

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Rev. Dr. James Larry Williams and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Family celebrates the life and legacy of our dear brother in Christ, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. You shall be missed-we continue to stand on your shoulders.

Posted by Mt. Zion Baptist Church of El Paso, TX - Friend   October 11, 2011

We praise God for the integrity, life, and legacy of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. We thank God for allowing him to pass our way. Let the work he has done, speak for him. Let's keep his vision be the light to guide us through the struggle...

Posted by El Paso, TX NAACP Branch - El Paso, TX - Friend   October 11, 2011

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Job well done. Now enter into lasting joy.

Posted by Nena - admirer   October 08, 2011

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Thank you.

Posted by Janice - private citizen   October 08, 2011

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President, Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a dynamic Pastor and preacher, freedom fighter and civil rights activist.

We were honored to provide a denominational home for Dr. Shuttlesworth, adn grasped nuggets of wisdom as he addressed the PNBC Parent Body during our Freedom Night a few years ago. His riveting accounts of the Civil Rights Movement of the late 50's and 60's reignited a spirit of activism in so many.

He was the last of the civil rights movement's "Big Three"; along with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. Rev. Shuttlesworth had the courage to stand up, speak up and speak out. He believed in doing whatever it took to end the evils of segregation. In 1963 when President Kennedy introduced to Congress the legislation that became the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he told King and Shuttlesworth, "But for Birmingham, we would not be here today."

Posted by Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. - President, PNBC   October 07, 2011

The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a dynamic Pastor and preacher, freedom fighter and civil rights activist.

The PNBC was honored for decades to provide a denominational home for Dr. Shuttlesworth. He pastored several churches in Alabama and Ohio, and always graced us with his presence during our annual sessions. We had the privilege of grasping nuggets of wisdom as he addressed the PNBC Parent Body during our Freedom Night a few years ago. His riveting accounts of the Civil Rights Movement of the late 50's and 60's reignited a spirit of activism in so many.

He was the last of the civil rights movement's "Big Three"; along with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. Rev. Shuttlesworth had the courage to stand up, speak up and speak out. He believed in confrontation and doing whatever it took to end the evils of segregation in Birmingham, the state of Alabama, and the world. Dr. King's thought of Rev. Shuttlesworth was, one of the nation's most courageous freedom fighters a wiry, energetic and indomitable man.

He began his life of social activism on May 17, 1954. He saw himself as the arch enemy of Eugene "Bull" Connor, Birmingham's racist police chief. Rev. Shuttlesworth had been shot, bombed twice, beaten into unconsciousness and jailed more than 35 times. Some of his family members also suffered violence and brutality at the hands of segregationist. On Christmas night in 1956 approximately 15 sticks of dynamite exploded beside Rev. Shuttlesworth's parsonage. This did not kill him or his family. It only heightened the burning flame to end segregation. The next day he led 200 people in Birmingham's bus boycott. He later shared that God had made me bomb-proof, and rather blew him into history.

In 1963 when President Kennedy introduced to Congress the legislation that became the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he told King and Shuttlesworth, "But for Birmingham, we would not be here today." The airport in the city of Birmingham bears the name of Rev. Shuttlesworth. The state of Alabama, the United States of America, and our global family owe a great deal to Dr. Fred L. Shuttlesworth; a great American hero of our time.

We will continue to pray for his wife, Mrs. Sephira Bailey Shuttlesworth and the family as we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth.

Respectfully,

Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr.
President

Posted by Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. - Washington, DC - President, PNBC   October 07, 2011

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United States of America is a better place because of the COURAGE of one of God's Men. Thank You Rev. Shuttlesworth WELL DONE!

Posted by Rev Edward A. Allen - A Believer   October 07, 2011

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One of the great civil rights leaders.

Posted by Mary Neal    October 06, 2011

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had the pleasure of listening to him speak a couple years ago at the Civil Rights museum at a presentation for him and his wife...really honored and blessed to be in his company for those few minutes.

Posted by china - an american   October 06, 2011

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He was a true champion of civil rights.

Posted by paulette Kirkwood    October 06, 2011

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You're a true hero!

Posted by Zila Pitkin - none   October 06, 2011

I had not met Rev. Shuttleswoth but learned about his strong beliefs through his daughter Carolyn. His strength during the civil rights movement is his legacy

Posted by Connie Dassinger - Kennesaw, GA   October 06, 2011

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Thank you, thank you, and thank you. If not for your activism, the lives of African Americans would be a great deal much smaller.

Posted by sp - a recipient of your bravery   October 06, 2011

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A smile comes to my face when I think of Mac computers as I remember my first one - a raspberry iMac. I thought that the shape was so cool, and I chose the color to match the decor of the room it went in. What an innovative and creative genius Steve Jobs was. His contributions to the world of computers will live on forever.

Posted by Elise W. Davis    October 06, 2011

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I love you.

Posted by madison hall - Citizen   October 06, 2011

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Have worked in a telephone company when all processing was manual. Now many years later, retired, enjoy my new world. Thanks to you

Posted by Patricia Silva - An admirer   October 06, 2011

I just finished watching Spike Lee's "Four Little Girls" I saw Mr. Shuttlesworth in the documentary. He was an awesome man of God. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Yvonne    October 06, 2011