Eugene Patterson, voice on civil rights, dies

Eugene Patterson

Eugene Patterson (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times)

Gene Patterson’s work falls outside the timeframe of our project, however, I’m sure anyone with an interest in newspapers and/or journalism would find his story interesting.

Patterson was editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968. His obituary notes that, “[his] image and words anchored the editorial page during the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement in the South.”

His obituary was printed in yesterday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The AP also wrote a fine tribute to the man.