Black and White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ''Bull'' Connor

Black and White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ''Bull'' Connor

by Larry Dane Brimner


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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 Children's book, and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590787663
Publisher: Thinkingdom
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 395,644
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights; and Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor.

Customer Reviews

Black and White: The Confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene ''Bull'' Connor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
WrittenMelodies More than 1 year ago
The March on Birmingham evokes images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading thousands of people through the streets of a 1960's Birmingham, Alabama. Huge dogs barely contained by the law enforcement officials to whom they are entrusted. Fire hoses drawn, aimed, and shot—firing torrents of throbbing, rushing water into the crowd hurtling protesters several feet through the air, and chaos run amuck. Seldom, if ever, does Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth spring to mind. Though I grew up in the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery, Alabama, before reading Black & White, I had never heard of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Like many of you, I depended on the public school system to teach me all I needed to know of the the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders. However, had it not been for Fred Shuttlesworth, desegregation in Birmingham may have been months or even years away. Raised in a home without running water or electricity, the notion of becoming a preacher struck Fred, the oldest of nine children, at an early age. After graduating near the top of his class, Fred began working with a group of doctors sterilizing needles. There he would meet his wife, Ruby. After moving his family to Mobile, Alabama, for better job opportunities, Fred joined Corinthian Baptist Church and soon began subbing for the pastor during his absence. Believing that he would impact multiple lives, Fred sought formal biblical training, earned a teaching degree, as well as, obtained a pastorate. Never one to be tolerant of inaction, Fred espoused a holistic philosophy blending an individual's spiritual needs with responsible citizenship, forming an inseparable mixture permanently severing all ties of either entity operating independent of the other. Unlike Fred, Eugene "Bull" Connor, devoted himself to maintaining the prevailing social norms that had been dictating southern culture for generations. He possessed no qualms in resorting to volatile actions to put an end to the political agitation for racial equality. Frustrated by Fred's mission to upend Birmingham's social order, Bull vowed to stop Fred at all cost. Refusing to yield or even acknowledge the city's civil unrest was his undoing. Black & White offers short biographies of both Fred Shuttlesworth and Bull Connor, then details the events leading to the culmination of the March on Birmingham and ultimately, city-wide desegregation. Black & White is a must-have for home, classroom, school, and public libraries. 4.5/5 Stars
alexusM More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for students in upper grade levels. I enjoyed this book because it shows students that associate civil rights movement with Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but to see that there are others who were involved in seeking equality throughout America.
jeanettemarquez More than 1 year ago
I believe this book should be definitely recommended for upper grade schools. In my opinion this book was very interesting and informative. I think it was neat how the story went from telling facts from history to telling about the story of the Reverend and what his role was in the fight for black rights. one good thing about it was that it has an abundant of pictures which will keep the reader entertained, yet absorbing the reader with very interesting information.
MeghanM1 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book and there were good illustrations as well. This book could be a good book to read in a classroom of like 4-5th graders because it will show the background and lesson of inequality and the racial issue in the world before and now. I like that the characters in this book are real people and the author worked with them while writing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago