The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth died Wednesday morning at a Birmingham, Alabama hospital.
Shuttlesworth was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership conference and considered one of the giants of the movement. He was 89.
His daughter confirmed the death to the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“Daddy lived an incredible life and now he’s at peace,” said Patricia Shuttlesworth Massengill, his eldest daughter. She told the paper that she traveled with her sister Ruby Bester and their brother Fred Shuttlesworth Jr., to Birmingham from Cincinnati Tuesday and spent about three hours “praying and talking to” their father.
Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation told the Washington Post’s Hamil Harris this afternoon: “It is a very sad day. We have lost one of our heroes in the movement. Rev. Shuttlesworth represented what true servant leadership was about. He led a purpose driven life until the day he died.”
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This endearing video is said to be Rev. Shuttlesworth’s last Cincinnati sermon: