Fred Shuttlesworth was an important leader of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. As a Christian minister and the leader of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, Shuttlesworth worked alongside Dr. King to mount the campaign for desegregation and racial equality that took place in Birmingham in 1963. Shuttlesworth had been challenging segregation in Birmingham since 1956, working against the city’s racist Commissioner of Public Safety, Bull Connor, and even staging a large boycott of white businesses in 1962—a precursor to the work he would do with Dr. King the following year.
Fred Shuttlesworth Character Timeline in Why We Can’t Wait
The timeline below shows where the character Fred Shuttlesworth appears in Why We Can’t Wait. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Bull Connor’s Birmingham
...these was the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACHR), which was led by Fred Shuttlesworth in Birmingham. Shuttlesworth’s goal was to address inequality in Birmingham and to put an end... (full context)
Chapter 4: New Day in Birmingham
Chapter 6: Black and White Together
...by throwing things at the police officers. When officers opened a pressure hose on demonstrators, Shuttlesworth was flung against a building and escorted in an ambulance to the hospital. After hearing... (full context)