Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth Recounts the Bombing of His Parsonage in 1956
Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth is the founder and leader of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. The organization was formed in 1956 after the Alabama attorney general shut down the NAACP in Alabama. On Christmas Eve, 1956 the Klan detonated a bomb outside Rev. Shuttlesworth's parsonage, intending to rid themselves of the leader who was surely a thorn in their side. They left him untouched and unshaken in his determination to ride Birmingham’s buses the next day.
Rev. Shuttlesworth recounts his response to the bombing of his parsonage in 1956. “I’ve learned how to deal with my enemy. Love ‘em, keep them on their toes, keep God in front, and move on!” Rev. Shuttlesworth speaks about the civil rights movement's commitment to non-violence.