FW: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to Speak at SAA Opening Plenary Sessi on
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From: Susan Fox [mailto:sfox@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 10:50 AM
Subject: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to Speak at SAA Opening Plenary Session
KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE: THE REV. FRED SHUTTLESWORTH TO SPEAK AT SAA
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
April 3, 2002 - The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth will speak at the Society of
American Archivists Opening Plenary Session at its annual meeting in
Birmingham, Alabama, August 19-25. Currently pastor of the Greater New
Light Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rev. Shuttlesworth is one of the
giants of the American Civil Rights Movement. He is generally regarded,
with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy as one of the
movement's "big three." He was born and raised in Birmingham, graduating
from Selma University (1951) and Alabama State College (1952). Between 1953
and 1961 he served as pastor of Birmingham's Bethel Baptist Church and
organized the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in 1956. He was
also one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and
helped the Congress on Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) organize its "freedom
rides" campaign. During the civil rights struggles in Birmingham, Rev.
Shuttleworth's house was a frequent target of bombing attacks and he was
hospitalized after a fire hose slammed him up against a building during a
civil rights demonstration. Since 1988, in addition to his duties with the
Greater New Light Baptist Church, Rev. Shuttlesworth has served as director
of the Shuttlesworth Housing Foundation which has assisted over 460
low-income families to purchase their own homes. He is also the subject of
a 1999 biography by Andrew M. Manis, "A Fire you Can't Put Out: The Civil
Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth," (University of
The Rev. Shuttlesworth will be speaking of his experiences in the Civil
Rights Movement in Birmingham and on the importance of the documentary
record in "keeping the dream alive."
More information on the SAA annual meeting can be found at
Susan E. Fox, CAE
Society of American Archivists
527 S. Wells St., 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
The mission of the Society of American Archivists is to serve the
educational and informational needs of our members and to provide leadership
to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation's historic
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