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Birthday celebration to be held for Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

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The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth would have been 91 on Monday, March 18. Tomorrow, the city is celebrating his life.

Rev. Shuttlesworth was a Civil Rights icon in Birmingham. "The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth [is] the spark that ignited the flame for justice in Birmingham for decades, and particularly during the pivotal events of 1963," Denise Stewart, event organizer, said.

Several major civil rights and community organizations are coming together to remember Rev. Shuttlesworth and his many contributions to Birmingham and the nation.

The celebration will be a day-long event. Starting at 8:30 a.m., there will be a community birthday breakfast at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. At 10:15, there will be a wreath laying at the Shuttlesworth statue in front of the BCRI. At noon, there's a children's birthday rally at John Herbert Phillips Academy. At 6 p.m., there will be a birthday extravaganza at Birmingham City Hall. At that event, authors Washington Booker, Helen Shores Lee, Barnett Wright, and J.T. Smallwood will do book signings. At 7 p.m., an evening of jazz and Rev. Shuttlesworth trivia will be held at Jazz Undergound.

On top of those events, the bells of 16th Street Baptist Church will toll 91 times in honor of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

For more information on any of these events, you can call 205-276-2610.

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