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Oct 06, 2011 13:39
Category: Religious News

Civil Rights leader dies at 89

  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) - The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who was
bombed, beaten and repeatedly arrested in the fight for civil
rights, has died at the age of 89.
     Relatives and hospital officials say Shuttlesworth died
Wednesday at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.
     A former truck driver who studied religion at night,
Shuttlesworth became pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham
in 1953 and soon emerged as an outspoken leader in the struggle for
racial equality.
     The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in his 1963 book "Why We Can't
Wait," called Shuttlesworth "one of the nation's most courageous
freedom fighters."
     Shuttlesworth remained active in the movement after moving in
1961 to Cincinnati, where he was a pastor for most of the next 47
years.
     In 2008, Birmingham named its airport after him.