Friday, October 21, 2011

BPL Archivist Jim Baggett to Participate in BMA Panel Discussion on Fred Shuttlesworth

Fred ShuttlesworthGood Friday, 1963. Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. taking part in civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham. The three ministers were arrested, and it was during this incarceration that King wrote his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail." (Birmingham Public Library archives)

Additional photos and newspaper articles of Fred Shuttlesworth may be found in the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections.

Birmingham Public Library Archivist Jim Baggett will participate in Historians and History Makers Pay Tribute to the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a panel discussion led by Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home. The discussion is a part of a weekend filled with public conversations about the cultural and historical significance of the late civil rights activist, whose recent death sparked reflection and mourning throughout the country.

For a list of panel participants and more information on the event, visit Birmingham Museum of Art's website:

Historians and History Makers Pay Tribute to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
Birmingham Museum of Art, Steiner Auditorium
Sunday, October 23
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Free admission to the museum
Panel discussion is open to the public

Jim Baggett is Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library, and Archivist for the City of Birmingham. He has served as president of the Society of Alabama Archivists and Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Baggett has lectured throughout the U.S. and in Europe and has been featured on Alabama Public Television (APT), Alabama Public Radio, National Public Radio (NPR), and CSPAN. He has authored or edited five books on Birmingham and Alabama history, including A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham’s Magdalen and Alabama Illustrated: Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers. He has written on archival preservation and Alabama history for Alabama Librarian, Alabama Heritage, and Birmingham magazines. Currently he is researching and writing a biography titled A Good Time to Fight: Bull Connor and the Politics of Confrontation.

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