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Roberts, Gene

b. 1932

Born in Pikeville, North Carolina, Gene Roberts is a renowned journalist who worked for newspapers in Goldsboro, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; and Raleigh, North Carolina. He covered President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas for the Detroit Free Press and served as Southern bureau chief for the New York Times, covering the civil rights movement. He later became Saigon bureau chief and national editor for The Times. In 1972, he was hired as executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He returned to The Times as managing editor in 1994 and taught journalism at the University of Maryland. Roberts and co-author Hank Klibanoff, managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History for their book The Race Beat, chronicling the civil rights struggle and the role the press played.

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How Do You View Progress in School Desegregation?

In this rough draft of an article written by Gene Roberts of the New York Times, Roberts expresses his optimistic and realistic views of the progress being made in integrating schools.

How Do You View the Progress in School Desegregation?

In this special for the New York Times, Dr. King shares his opinion on the progress made in desegregating schools.

The Story of Snick

"From Freedom High to Black Power," by Gene Roberts, describes the opposing views voiced by SNCC and Dr. King regarding the civil rights movement. SNCC asserts a message of violence and black power, while Dr. King promotes a philosophy of love and nonviolence.