Remembering Claude Sitton

Claude Sitton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning son of the South whose news beat was the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, died March 10 in Atlanta. He was 89.

From 1958 to 1964, Sitton reported on the biggest civil rights stories of the era for The New York Times. He covered desegregation at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.,  and was on the scene in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when Gov. George Wallace blocked the schoolhouse door to prevent two black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.

In this 2002 interview with the Newseum, Sitton, who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1983 while at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., talks about Freedom Summer in 1964 and the lies and cover-up involving the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.

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