CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) asked Governor Kasich to lower Statehouse flags to half staff on October 24th in honor of the late civil rights leader Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth.
"With Reverend Shuttlesworth's passing we have lost not only a national civil rights leader, but an Ohio civil rights hero as well," said Rep. Reece in her letter to the Governor. "Reverend Shuttlesworth has left an indelible imprint on our state's history, and I urge you to lower our capitol's flag out of respect for his legacy."
Rev. Shuttlesworth helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, and was an integral part of the civil rights movement of the 1960's.
Born in Mount Meigs, Alabama, Rev. Shuttlesworth spent most of his adult life in Cincinnati. He served as the pastor of the Greater New Light Baptist Church in Avondale for several decades, and was an activist for civil rights issues on both the national and state level. Rev. Shuttlesworth passed away on October 5, 2011 at the age of 89.
His funeral will be held on October 24, 2011, in Birmingham, Alabama.