Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

Oct 5, 2011
Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) issued the following statement on the passing of iconic Civil Rights leader and freedom fighter Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth:

“Today we mourn the loss of a true soldier for equality. Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was a fearless freedom fighter and tenacious Civil Rights leader. I am deeply saddened by his passing today.

Throughout his life, Reverend Shuttlesworth fought racism and injustice and worked tirelessly for equal rights. His efforts alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way for the passage of the Civil Rights Act and for America to live up to its ideals of democracy and equality. Over the years, he built a well-deserved reputation as an outspoken equality activist and distinguished community leader. His achievements will leave an indelible mark on the 7th Congressional District, the State of Alabama and the nation and will continue to inspire people to stand up for what they believe in for many years to come.

I know that I stand on the shoulders of Civil Rights icons like Reverend Shuttlesworth.  It was the sacrifices and courage of Reverend Shuttlesworth and so many others that forged the path for me to be elected Alabama’s first African American Congresswoman, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Today, as we pause to remember Reverend Shuttlesworth, let us also honor the legacy of fairness and dignity for all races that he left on the 7th Congressional District, the State of Alabama and this nation.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”


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