Eugene Patterson dies at 89

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist, has died at 89, the Associated press is reporting.

Patterson, who helped fellow whites to understand the problems of racial discrimination, died Saturday evening in Florida after complications from prostate cancer.

According to the Associated Press, Patterson was editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for editorial writing.

His famous column of Sept, 16, 1963, about the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that killed four girls — ‘‘A Flower for the Graves’’ — was considered so moving that he was asked by Walter Cronkite to read it nationally on the ‘‘CBS Evening News.’’

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