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October 6, 2011

We lost another great American yesterday

Steve Jobs’ death is getting all the attention today, but it shouldn’t eclipse the loss of a true America hero who, at great personal risk, fought for our founding values and ideals:  Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a civil rights pioneer and visionary. 

As the New York Times obit said: “The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a storied civil rights leader who survived beatings and bombings in Alabama a half-century ago as he fought against racial injustice alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89.”  (Read here)

No doubt, Rev. Shuttlesworth lived the words from Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech, including this part:  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”  (Read here)

 
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