Black & White

The Confrontation Between Reverence Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor

By Larry Dane Brimner
(Boyds Mills Press, Hardcover, 9781590787663, 112pp.)

Publication Date: November 2011

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In the nineteen fifties and early sixties, Birmingham, Alabama, became known as Bombingham. At the center of this violent time in the fight for civil rights, and standing at opposite ends, were Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor. From his pulpit, Shuttlesworth agitated for racial equality, while Commissioner Connor fought for the status quo. Relying on court documents, police and FBI reports, newspapers, interviews, and photographs, author Larry Dane Brimner first covers each man's life and then brings them together to show how their confrontation brought about significant change to the southern city. The author worked closely with Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute as well as with Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and his wife to bring together this Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, ALA Notable Childrenu2019s book, and Kirkus Reviews Best Childrenu2019s Book of the Year.

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