United Way
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Carman Toler

Carman Toler

Financial Stability Director UW
Carman Toler is originally from Cincinnati, where she met Fred Shuttlesworth as a student and joined him on a MLK Day March.

Carman now works at UW of Howard County and runs the Financial Stability Program. 

"When I was in school in Cincinnati, I was assigned to interview someone for Martin Luther King Day so through a fellow church member I meet and interviewed Fred Shuttlesworth, who had been working there as a pastor since the early 1960s.

It was very inspiring talking to this civil rights activist, who led the fight against segregation in Birmingham, co-founded Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and worked with Dr. King. On that MLK Day, we marched together and I learned a lot and am so happy I got this opportunity."

Did you know?

Once called "the most courageous civil rights fighter in the South" by Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has been a major leader of the civil rights movement for more than half a century. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, he rallied the membership of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) to challenge segregated buses in Birmingham.

The dedicated minister continued to lead protests even after his home was bombed on Christmas Day in 1956. The bombing did not injure Shuttlesworth, but in 1957 he was beaten with whips and chains as he led efforts to integrate an all-white public school.

He also convinced Dr. King to have Birmingham become a focal point of the movement and organized well-documented youth-driven marches and protests. And Shuttlesworth was an organizer of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.

Shuttlesworth was arrested many, many times over the course of his activism, yet in later interviews would talk about the power of his faith in sustaining him.

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