Bell, Jobs, Shuttlesworth

On October 5th, America lost civil rights leaders Derrick Bell and Fred Shuttlesworth, and personal-computing innovator Steve Jobs. Condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.

Black and white photo of Derrick Bell walking with a group of Harvard Law students

From The New York Times: "Derrick Bell walking with a group of Harvard law students after taking a voluntary unpaid leave of absence to protest the lack of tenured minority women professors." There is a personal remembrance of Professor Bell by Keith Boykin at the Huffington Post as well.

black and white photo of young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak building a computer

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak building a computer in their famous garage circa the late '70s. Apple's website has a tribute to Jobs as their main page today (click on the portrait). There is more on Jobs at Wired and The New York Times

Fred Shuttlesworth with the Freedom Riders

Image and caption from the Encyclopedia of Alabama: "Fred Shuttlesworth, crouching center, and Freedom Riders discuss plans at the Birmingham Greyhound Terminal after drivers refused them service." More on Reverend Shuttlesworth from The Washington Post and The New Yorker.

These men were not perfect, and my mentioning their passing is not a claim that they were. But Bell, Jobs, and Shuttlesworth each changed America, and yesterday, they died. Rest in Peace.

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