Press Release: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Shuttlesworth Widow, & Biographer Among Participants In Forum On Civil Rights, School Choice

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BOSTON – The author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Civil Rights Movement, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth’s widow, and his biographer will be among the speakers at “A Fire You Can’t Put Out: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights, and School Choices,” a Pioneer Institute forum to be held Monday, March 20th from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston.

Participants in a roundtable discussion will be Sephira Shuttlesworth, Regional Support Director with SABIS® Educational Systems, and authors Andrew Manis and Diane McWhorter.

McWhorter is a Birmingham native and the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama – The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Manis is an ordained Baptist minister and the author of A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham’s Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

The discussion will be followed by audience questions and answers, and then a policy panel moderated by the Rev. Liz Walker, pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Rev. Walker was Boston’s first African-American news anchor at WBZ-TV and spent 12 years doing humanitarian work in war-torn Sudan.

The panel will feature Beth Anderson, CEO and Founder of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network; Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University; Carlos Rojas Álvarez, Special Campaigns Coordinator for Youth on Board; and Lawrence Public Schools Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey Riley.

Brief welcoming remarks will be delivered by Ken Campbell, Executive Director of IDEA Public Schools in Louisiana.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Black Alliance for Educational Options, SABIS® Educational Systems, Families for Excellent Schools, the Program on Education Policy & Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Following the event, the authors will be available to sign copies of their books.

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending can RSVP to Lauren Corvese at or (617) 723-2277, x202. This event will be available for live, online viewing.