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In Memoriam: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

1922 – 2011

Last year the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was one of `eleven civil rights pioneers to sign a friend-of-the-court brief written by attorneys of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and co-counsel in Hithon v. Tyson Foods, Inc. That brief challenged a ruling of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a white plant supervisor’s use of the word “boy” in speaking to an African-American employee did not show racial animosity. Rev. Shuttlesworth’s name remains on the petition to the full Court of Appeals seeking a re-consideration of that decision. Rev. Shuttlesworth has passed from this life. But, true to his life’s mission, he is still fighting for justice.