In memory and honor the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth I am turning the floor over to two great post written by two great Alabama Bloggers.
Mack Lyons pens an excellent account of Birmingham, Alabama Fred Shuttlesworth who fought like the Devil to change. Here is an excerpt;
While reading an AL.com story about concerned citizens meeting to discuss and plan Birmingham's future, I ran across this nugget that's a bit of a theme among some dissatisfied with the Magic City's current shape:
They should talk about B'ham's past (pre 1963). A lot more pleasant.
Be nice if they could revert back to that time. I just don't see it happening, which is why I left.
I've never known any black person from Birmingham to talk pleasant about the city as a whole pre-1960s, unless it involved their own neighborhoods. That kinda narrows down the pool of people most likely to say the above, trolls excluded.
The Simple-Minded Savior talks about the present state of Alabama.
I was born and raised in this God forsaken state and it IS still stuck in the 50's and 60's. It's not a stereotype and why anyone would want to visit here is beyond me. Oh yeah, they can come visit and see what main attraction? The CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM...Some parts of the interstate still have a confederate flag flying high and proud so what's he talking about? And the fact that one of the State Legislators called Black people "ABORIGINES" on tape and it was part of a trial transcript makes no never mind. Yeah, you're right, Alabama has not one racial problem, it's a beacon of hope, a melting pot of sorts for the nation. This State, Alabama, should be held out as the example of how loving a state should be. *sarcasm* If Jesus came back right now and came to an Alabama suburb, he would be labeled a dead beat liberal hippie and crucified a second time.Let these diaries serve as an incentive to march on until victory is won in grateful appreciation for the sacrifices of
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Four Little Black Girls
Jimmie Lee Jackson.
Their living will not be in vain.
Funeral Services for Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth will bestreaming live beginning today at 10 a.m.
Rest in Peace thy good and faithful Servant. Your faithfulness endures for all generations Psalm 119:90