Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

For Immediate Release:

October 5, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth:

“In my many trips to Alabama to mark the anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, I came to know Reverend Shuttlesworth as a man of faith, fortitude, and moral leadership. His efforts were instrumental in making sure that the promise of America extended to all of its people. Reverend Shuttlesworth saw injustice in the world around him and would not stand it. He faced great risk to his life but would not fear it. He made a pledge to shun prejudice and would not break it. Today, Reverend Shuttlesworth lives on in our history and will surely never leave it. My thoughts are with his family, his congregation at the Greater New Light Baptist Church, and the people of his beloved city of Birmingham, Alabama, as we mourn his passing.”

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