Wednesday, October 05, 2011

"They were trying to blow me into heaven, but God wanted me on Earth."

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the civil rights icon hailed in his native Alabama as a "black Moses," died Wednesday. He was 89.

Described in a 1961 CBS documentary as "the man most feared by Southern racists," Shuttlesworth survived bombings, beatings, repeated jailings and other attacks — physical and financial — in his unyielding determination to heal the country's most enduring, divisive and volatile chasm.

"They were trying to blow me into heaven," Shuttlesworth, who spent most of his adult life in Cincinnati, said of those who violently opposed him in Birmingham and throughout the South. "But God wanted me on Earth."

Read the rest (from USA Today) here.

1 comment:

JCF said...

Amidst the now-orgy of Steve Jobs remembrances, I'm glad you celebrated THIS great man, Susan. RIP/RIG Fred!