Brimner, Larry Dane Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Conner, 112 p. Calkins Creek, 2012. $17.
When Fred Shuttlesworth started preaching at Bethel Baptist in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950’s, he never expected to become a lightning rod for the civil rights movement in his town. But since he couldn’t stop pushing for more rights for his congregation and all blacks within the city, he becamse a favorite target for Bull Conner, the city’s Commissioner for Public Safety, who felt it was his divine calling to keep the uppity Negroes in their place.
Pretty much everything incident that we know about Birmingham’s fight for civil rights was shepherded by, prompted by something Reverend Shuttlesworth did. Brimner does a fantastic job bringing his story – and the story of his rival – to life. I can’t wait to share this.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher.