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John Seigenthaler, journalist and civil rights activist, dies at 86
John Seigenthaler, journalist and civil rights activist, dies at 86

John Seigenthaler, a journalist, civil rights activist and "right hand" to Robert F. Kennedy — who once hired a young reporter named Al Gore to work under him at the Tennessean — died of colon cancer Friday in Nashville. He was 86. His death was confirmed by his son, John M. Seigenthaler, an anchor with Al Jazeera America. As Kennedy's go-between to the Southern states in the early 1960s, and as a maverick journalist, Seigenthaler infuriated segregationists at a time when few white professionals were willing to risk their wrath, said the Rev. James Lawson, a civil rights advocate and teacher now living in Los Angeles. Lawson was the young architect of the...

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