2003


 

Diane McWhorter and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

April 6, 2003
7:30 p.m.
Irma B. Moore Hall Auditorium

We are here to join in discussion of issues of civil liberties that made Virginia very proud during her lifetime, and it would have warmed Clifford's heart to hear his cause has not lost a voice at this university and in this lecture series.

Program

Introduction

William Honey

Welcome

Chancellor Guin Nance

The Durr Lectures Essay Awards

William Honey

Introduction of Diane McWhorter:
Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian

Allen Hess

Ms. McWhorter

 

Introduction of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:
Birmingham Civil Rights Leader

Dr. Honey

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

 

Questions and Answers

 

Closing Remarks

Allen Hess

Diane McWhorter

Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,which was published by Simon & Schuster in March 2001. It won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the 2001 Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, and the English Speaking Union Ambassador Award.
 
It was named by Time magazine as one of the Best 10 Books of 2001 and was a Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year. In addition to being a New York Times Notable Book for 2001, it was on the “best books of the year” lists of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others.
 
McWhorter is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and writes for the op-ed page of USA Today as a member of its Board of Contributors. Her articles on race, politics, and culture have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, People, The New Republic, Newsday, Harper's, My Generation, and Boston Magazine, where she was managing editor.
 
McWhorter was raised in Birmingham and educated at Wellesley College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in comparative literature. She lives with her family in New York City.

Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth

Howard K. Smith, commentator for the May 1961 nationally televised documentary, “Who Speaks For Birmingham,” called the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth “The man most feared by Southern racists,” and further described his as follows: “No history written on the Civil Rights Movement would be complete unless it included the name of the Rev. Shuttlesworth, Pastor of the Greater New Light Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio. Rev. Shuttlesworth has given more of himself for the "Cause of Freedom" than any man living today.”
 
In May 1956, Alabama politicians, desperate in their efforts to hold back the future, outlawed the NAACP. A group of ministers in the city of Birmingham immediately came together under the leadership of the Rev. Shuttlesworth and organized the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. As president of this newly organized movement, the Rev. Shuttlesworth uttered these prophetic words: “They can outlaw an organization, but they cannot outlaw the movement of a people determined to be free.”
 
One of the five founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and first secretary of that organization, the Rev. Shuttlesworth was bombed twice, beaten by mobsters, and jailed more than 25 times during his leadership of the Birmingham movement, but he never failed to believe in the ultimate victory of the Civil Rights Movement.