(A great man has left us. For the better, hopefully. – promoted by countrycat)
Eugene C. Patterson’s editorials in the Atlanta Constitution inspired students at the Atlanta University consortium, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark College, Morris Brown College, and Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).
His editorials inspired some students, who could have chosen to ignore Civil Rights, from the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Agnes Scott College, and Emory University. Southern students who could have chosen to ignore the civil rights struggle, instead live less dangerously as white folk.
His editorials eventually changed Atlanta, Georgia some too.
Mr Eugene C. Patterson could have passed for white instead of human.
My condolences to his family, his state, and our country.
Read his book, The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights, 1960-1968.
That’s how I will mourn him, (re)read his book.
He changes me some too every day.
*New York Times, 011413