Washington, D.C.—Nevada Sen. Harry Reid issued the following statement after learning about the death of civil rights activist Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a leading figure in the fight against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama and a key ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Today our nation lost a man whose name was synonymous with courage and dedication. Despite beatings, arrests and even assassination attempts, Rev. Shuttlesworth knew giving up was not an option as he marched and demonstrated for equality in the Alabama of the 1960s. ‘Indomitable’ is how Dr. King rightfully described him.
“Because of Rev. Shuttleworth’s tenacity, and that of many other heroes, today millions of Americans of every background enjoy the rights and liberties our founding fathers envisioned. My thoughts, and those of a grateful nation, are with his family tonight.”