As I began to reflect on the passing of Steve Jobs, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and the celebration of the opening of the King Memorial in Washington, it caused me to think back to January 1963 and the special role of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth at that time.
Last week we lost two great visionary leaders whose impact on the world has forever changed our lives. Yet, sadly, I think we missed the opportunity to make their contributions to society a real teachable moment for our children.
Last week America lost a man who changed the world. If you assume I'm referring to Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who passed away last week after a lengthy battle with cancer, you'd be wrong. I'm actually referring to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
The late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was one of those rare remarkable beings who not only suffered physical and emotional attacks by those who stood opposed to equality, but a man who greatly inspired an entire movement for change.