Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fred Shuttlesworth

I was down at the Mayo Clinic, paying attention to my own aches and ailments, when I heard the word that Fred Shuttlesworth had died. I went silent for a time, thinking about his immense impact on the civil rights movement. And then I moved on!
by Charlie Leck

I met Fred Shuttlesworth in 1965. To him it would not have been a significant introduction or encounter. To me it was. In many ways he was a giant in the civil rights movement – perhaps as big as the King himself. In recent years he has been a strong advocate for the homeless. This man was a man for others and he lived a life of service and kindness.

You want to know more about Shuttlesworth? I’m not going to write it here. There’s too much in the newspapers these days and why should I be redundant? No paper does a better job of reporting on the deaths of the famous and significant than the New York Times. Here is the paper’s story about Shuttlesworth’s death and life. What a man he was!

So, in this blog, I bid him adieu and I will look for him tonight among the stars.


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