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A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth (Religion & American Culture) Paperback – October 29, 2001
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These days, what is now known as the civil rights movement is all too often reduced to a few hazy images--Martin Luther King giving his "I have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial; Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus; non-violent marches; sit ins at lunch counters; and perhaps a few images of violence. What is too often overlooked is that thousands of people worked day in and day out, for years on end, at great risk to their very lives, to make all of this happen. The civil rights movement did not just arise spontaneously, and victory was not won after a few marches and sit-ins. Victory took careful strategizing, coordination, and most importantly, people willing to do the hard work of recruiting, training, and motivating hundreds of thousands of people to participate.
Fred Shuttlesworth did all of that. Fred Shuttlesworth was born into a poor family, in the highly segregated south. But once the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, his long simmering fight against day-to-day racism ignited into "the fire you can't put out." Early on, his parsonage was destroyed by a bomb--while he and his family were home in bed.Read more ›
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Excelent coverage of Shuttlesworth's struggle in the crisis in Birmingham. Begins to redress the lack of recognition he has received in the shadow of Dr. KingPublished 5 months ago by John W. Cooper
It was great to be reading this book during the fight over the Confederate flag in South Carolina. We will see more Confederate icons tumble, and a continuation of the "Black lives... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marc Lichtman
Wonderful writing about an unsung hero of the civil rights movement!Published 9 months ago by Zoe Jones
I chose this rating because I actually read the book a little quicker than I expected leaving me wanting more information. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Simon Mann
This book is SO powerful! It takes the reader into the deep history of an unsung hero of the American Civil Rights Movement who changed the world with his courageous activism. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by LaQuita D. Middleton-Holmes