BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board of Directors will honor Congressman and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel. Before heading to the United States House of Representatives, Clyburn was elected president of his youth chapter of the NAACP at the age of 12 in Orangeburg, S.C., and participated in many marches and demonstrations. He also worked tirelessly as a student leader to advance the cause of civil rights at South Carolina State College.
2010 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards Recipient:
Congressman James E. Clyburn
Friday, November 12, 2010
Birmingham Sheraton Hotel Ballroom
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The Annual Fred L. Shuttlesworth
Human Rights Award
Established by the BCRI Board of Directors in 2002, the Annual Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award serves as a tribute to the leadership and courage of the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth throughout the course of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. This annual award is an opportunity for the Institute to recognize individuals for their service to civil and human rights causes around the world. It is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Recipients of the Shuttlesworth awards must embody the principles which guided the American Civil Rights Movement and which have characterized the life of Fred L. Shuttlesworth:
A philosophy of non-violence and reconciliation;
Courage, both moral and physical, in the face of great odds;
Leadership by example; and
An established commitment to human-rights activities.
Rev. Shuttlesworth was the inaugural recipient of the award. Actor and humanitarian Danny Glover received the award in 2003; Dr. John Hope Franklin in 2004; Congressman John Lewis in 2005; Dorothy Cotton in 2006; Fred Gray in 2007, Joseph Ellwanger in 2008 and Rev. Joseph Lowery in 2009.