First World Gallery - All Rights Reserved
The Civil Rights Movement years were turbulent and many lives were lost to secure a better existence for those brown faces that followed. Though segregation appeared to be eliminated; only those of Black American
Heritage were able to take advantage of these benefits, open enrollment in colleges and universities, housing and employment. The images in this gallery depict individuals who have continued the struggle of equality for the underserved and those who support the effort but failed to make an imprint able footprint towards equality for all.
Yesterday and Today and Those Who Took Advantage of the Blood, Sweat and Tears
A long standing leader of the movement to end segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth is recognized as a fearless advocate of racial justice.
His civil rights activities made him a target of white racist. His demonstrations led to the desegregation of schools, lunch counters, buses, etc. Unfortunately, because of his courage and what was perceived as
unacceptable arrogance, acknowledgement for his valor and commitment to the civil rights cause received less credit than that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shuttlesworth was beaten with whips and chains during an attempt to integrate an all-white public school. During this period Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described Shuttlesworth as "the most courageous civil rights fighter in the South".