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NEA mourns the loss of Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth

WASHINGTON - October 07, 2011 -

This week the nation lost Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a civilrights activist who fought to ensure justice and equality. Among his many accomplishments, Rev. Shuttlesworth, along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other ministers, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

"Our nation has lost a great leader with the passing of Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth," said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. "He was one of the great leaders of the Civil Rights movement and a visionary who understood the power of organizing and direct action."

"Rev. Shuttlesworth didn't always receive a lot of recognition, but he cared more about results, and the lives of countless people have been improved because of his bravery and sacrifices. A man of humble beginnings, Rev. Shuttlesworth's life and work stand as proof that anyone can make a difference if they have passion and courage.

"The National Education Association has always shared Rev. Shuttleworth's commitment to an equal and just society, and on behalf of all NEA members I want to express our sorrow at his passing and our gratitude for his works."

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