Sephira Bailey Shuttlesworth Co-author – The Passions of Our Culture Sephira Bailey Shuttlesworth is a former elementary school principal with more than 30 years of experience. Sephira, along with two of her siblings, integrated the school system of their county in 1966. While still in high school, she enrolled at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. It took her less than three years to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. It was in 1986 when she met the civil rights icon Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and remained friends for over 20 years. They later married in a candle-lit ceremony at the church he founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. The couple returned to Birmingham, Alabama, after her husband suffered a stroke in the fall of 2007 until his death. In her current role, she is dedicated to preserving his legacy as one of the three giants of the civil rights movement, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Ralph Abernathy.