Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

All about his life

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March 18, 1922: Born in Mount Meigs, Montgomery County, Ala.

March 18, 1922

1925: Moves with his family to Birmingham

1925

1940: Graduates from Rosedale High School

1940

1941: Marries Ruby Keeler

1941

1942: Works as truck driver at an Air Base in Mobile during World War II

1942

1943: Begins preaching

1943

1943: Attends Cedar Grove Academy Bible College in Prichard

1943

1949: Becomes pastor of the First Baptist Church in Selma

1949

1951: Graduates from Selma University

1951

1952: Graduates from Alabama State College

1952

1953: Becomes pastor of the pastor of Bethel Baptist in Collegeville

1953

1955: Petitions the Birmingham City Commission to hire black police officers.

1955

1955: Leads a delegation to City Hall.

1955

1955:He issues a statement backed by 76 pastors

1955

1956: Preaches at Sardis Baptist Church in Birmingham

June 5, 1956

1956: Helps to start the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights

June 5, 1956

1956:A Ku Klux Klan bomb explodes near his house

December 25, 1956

1956: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and others join white passengers on a city bus

December 26, 1956

1957: Shuttlesworth and ministers start the SCLC

February 14, 1957

SCLC: Southern Christian Leadership Conference

1958: Bethel Baptist Church is bombed again

June 29, 1958

1961:A newsman calls Shuttlesworth “the man most feared by Southern racists.”

May 18, 1961

1965: Shuttlesworth joins King in prayer just across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

March 9, 1965

1988: Establishes the Shuttlesworth Housing Foundation

1988

1992: A statue of Shuttlesworth is placed in front of the BCRI

1992

BCRI: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

1992: Gets charged $500,000 for sexual harassment suit

May 1992

2001: Receives the President’s Citizens Medal from President Clinton

2001

2003: Shuttlesworth is named interim president of the SCLC

December 9, 2003

2005: Retires as pastor of Greater New Light Baptist Church

2005

2007: Suffers a stroke in Cincinnati

September 5, 2007

2008: Returns to Birmingham to begin therapy for his stroke

March 2008

2011: Shuttlesworth dies at Princeton Baptist Medical Center

October 5, 2011