The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) and Alabama Public Television (APT) commemorate the birthday of civil rights activist and pastor, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth at the BCRI on Friday, March 18.and at 9:30 a.m. Keep reading for all the details.
About Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth
Born near Montgomery in 1922, Fred Shuttlesworth played many important roles throughout his life. As a pastor, he preached at Bethel Baptist Church in the Collegeville area of Birmingham. As a civil rights activist, he helped found the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rightsthe Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a tireless leader of Birmingham’s civil rights movement.
In fact, Shuttlesworth was the one who invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to Birmingham, saying, “If you come to Birmingham, not only will you gain prestige, but you’ll really shake the country.” If you win in Birmingham, as birmingham goes, so goes the nation.”
CURIOSITY: Shuttlesworth participated in the creation of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Museum.
BCRI +APT event
On Friday March 18, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will hold a celebration and commemoration of the life of the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. The event will feature a panel of Birmingham leaders discussing ongoing struggles to address civil and social rights.
Find out who all will be making remarks at this celebration:
- Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham
- Reverend Thomas L. Wilder
- senior pastor of historic Bethel Baptist Church
- representatives of Alabama Public Television
If you are able to make it to this event, the BCRI Youth Leadership Program will guide you through the historic BCRI Galleries.
the Carlton Reese Choir will also perform well. Interestingly, the choir is made up of the last surviving members of the Original Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir, as well as others who have joined over the years. It’s not something you want to miss.
BONUS: Ways to celebrate black history in Birmingham and surrounding towns.
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