Shelley Stewart

Shelley Stewart was one of the first African American radio personalities in Alabama, whose flamboyant style and popularity (including among white teenagers) infuriated Bull Connor and other racists in the city and led to multiple racist incidents. He facilitated many of the mass meetings in Birmingham during the 1960s, especially the Children’s Crusade, by announcing the times and locations of the meetings in special codes during his radio show. He worked with many major names in the music world and served as Otis Redding’s manager until Redding’s death; in 1967 he co-founded a successful advertising firm, now known as O2 Ideas.