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Funeral Services for Shuttlesworth Monday

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ATLANTA (WAOK/Washington Post)-The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, co-founder and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died back on October 5, 2011. He will be buried Monday October 31, some 3 weeks after his death.

According to the Washington Post, the reason for the delay is the dedication of the King Memorial on the National Mall. Most of Shuttlesworth’s civil rights colleagues were in Washington last weekend.

Had they not been there, they would have likely been in Birmingham remembering Shuttlesworth.

“His friends and Martin’s friends were the same,” Young said. “But you don’t have two memorials at the same time if you want your friends to come.” Shuttlesworth’s funeral will be Monday.

Among the scheduled events this weekend to remember Shuttlesworth were a pastoral remembrance at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church — where four black girls were killed in a bombing before Sunday services on September 15, 1963 — and a candlelight vigil across the street in Kelly Ingram Park, made famous the same year when news footage of policemen and firemen unleashing dogs and blasting water hoses on defenseless civil rights marchers was broadcast to a shocked international audience.

Survivors include his wife, Sephira Bailey Shuttlesworth; four daughters, Patricia Massengill, Ruby Bester, Carolyn Shuttlesworth and Maria Murdock; a son, Fred Shuttlesworth Jr.; a stepdaughter, Audrey Wilson; five sisters, Betty Williams, Truzella Brazil, Ernestine Grimes, Iwilder Reed and Eula Mitchell; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Monday morning at ten, a public homegoing service will be held at “Faith Chapel Christian Center.” Doors open to the public at 8am. Reverend Shuttlesworth will be buried at Oak Hill cemetery in Birmingham.

here is more on the planned funeral arrangements for Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

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