Thursday, October 06, 2011

On Shuttlesworth…

Shuttlesworth was a Civil Rights legend…one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.

He wasn’t perfect.

He didn’t always get it right.

Shuttlesworth wasn’t patient or easy…he shaped with rough pressure rather than smooth grace.

Shuttlesworth was an activist’s activist…an organizer for social change who witnessed much of the change he organized for.

Not all of it.

The Prize is still on the horizon.

But Shuttlesworth’s fingerprints are all over many of the rights we take for granted today.

I’ve often thought that a person is lucky if they can touch one life; inspire one person to work against injustice in this world.

The work of Shuttlesworth inspired thousands if not millions…

…and the world is better because he once dwelled in it.

Let us march on.

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