Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History

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Title

Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History

Description

Fred Lee Shuttlesworth (b. March 18, 1922; d. October 5, 2011) - founder, Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) in 1956. Major organizer and activist of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King. Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Collegeville, Birmingham. Rev. Shuttlesworth was interviewed by two WJLD announcers in 1966: Lewis White and Rick Upshaw. The occasion was the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the ACMHR. As WJLD's studio location was in transition - from their Red Mountain location in Homewood to 19th Street and First Avenue, Birmingham, we are not certain of the location of the interview. The audio was on a 7" reel and found in a closet at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with the letters, WJLD, on the box.

Creator

Fred Shuttlesworth
Rick Upshaw
Lewis White

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

June 1966

Contributor

Jeff Hayes
Bob Friedman
Emily Bibb

Format

JPG
MP3
PDF

Language

English

Identifier

RevShuttlesworthOH

Interviewer

Rick Upshaw
Lewis White

Interviewee

Fred Shuttlesworth

Location

WJLD Studios

Transcription

Tanscript of audio snippet:

Fred Shuttlesworth: As you know there was a lot of political furor going on in the state, and we did not have time to adequately plan for a program, and so we just announced that I felt that I should be allowed to retire from the presidency and turn it over to other hands. I never wanted to play God and I don’t think that I’m invincible. However, since that time there’s been such a terrific response on the part of the local people – in particular, the masses and many of the people who are not…who are a little bit above the masses, we’ll say the classes. They’ve been all of one voice in asking me to stay. Now, my immediate concern is not whether I stay or go; of course, it’s nice to be loved, but it’s better to be needed. It’s better to have something to do; it’s better to have something to commit yourself to. And that’s my job.

Duration

Full interview: 31 minutes
Audio snippet: 2 minutes

Citation

Fred Shuttlesworth, Rick Upshaw, and Lewis White, “Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed December 7, 2019, http://thebbrm.org/item/90.

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