United States’ crusading journalist and civil rights advocate, John Seigenthaler, a legendary Tennessee journalist, confidant to Attorney General Robert F Kennedy and fierce advocate for racial equality, has died aged 86. Mr Seigenthaler championed racial equality, both as a journalist and in his job in the Kennedy administration.
His newspaper, The Tennessean, and its staff became crusaders for civil rights early on. It became one of the only Southern newspapers to aggressively cover the fight to end segregation, covering the downtown lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville led by the Rev James Lawson, as well as other stories, as the civil rights movement swept through the South. Mr Seigenthaler also joined the Freedom Riders on a trip from Washington, DC to Alabama.