Diane McWhorter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home, will co-moderate a panel discussion, Historians and History Makers Pay Tribute to the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, from 3pm to 5pm Sunday at the Museum.
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.
The panel, which will be held in the BMA’s Steiner Auditorium, will be co-moderated by Robert G. Corley, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Confirmed panelists include Howell Raines, former editor of The New York Times; Marjorie White, director of the Birmingham Historical Society; retired U.S. District Court Judge U.W. Clemon Andrew Manis, award-winning author of the Shuttlesworth biography A Fire You Can’t Put Out ; Mark Kelly, publisher of Weld; Birmingham archivist Jim Baggett; Odessa Woolfolk, educator, activist and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute founder; Bishop Calvin Woods, president of the Birmingham Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; long-time Shuttlesworth associate Colonel Stone Johnson; activist Eileen Kelley Walbert; Freedom Rider Catherine Burks-Brooks; lifelong Sixteen Street Baptist Church member and activist Carolyn McKinstry; former detective Dan Jordan; and Judy Hand-Truitt, who worked with Shuttlesworth in the post-civil rights era.