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Wilkins, Roy

b. 1901 - d. 1981

Roy Wilkins was born in St. Louis. A University of Minnesota graduate, he was editor of the St. Paul (Minnesota) Appeal and the Kansas City Call. After serving as assistant to the executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he succeeded W. E. B. DuBois as editor of The Crisis. Wilkins co-founded the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, which coordinated every major legislative campaign for civil rights. From 1955 to 1977, he served as the NAACP’s executive secretary and provided legal counsel and funds for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Although he advocated a legal approach to equal rights, Wilkins helped organize the March on Washington, took part in the Selma to Montgomery marches and participated in the March Against Fear. In 1967, he was appointed to the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the causes of urban riots.

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The SCLC Hall of Fame Dinner of July 1962

This pamphlet is from the Hall of Fame Dinner for Jackie Robinson. It features several ads from organizations supporting the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The Urban Coalition's National Coordinators Weekly Report

This document contains The Urban Coalition's national coordinators weekly report. The report consists of a schedule of activities, a list of the Task Force on Educational Disparities members, and a list of the Task Force on Housing, Reconstruction, and Investment members.

Transcript of National Educational Television's For Freedom Now

For Freedom Now, with host Dr. Kenneth Clark, is television’s first exchange of ideas by the leaders of five organizations engaged in securing full civil rights for Negroes. Featured guests are Dr. King of SCLC, Whitney Young of the National Urban League, James Farmer of CORE, James Forman of SNCC, and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP.

Vote No on State Question 409 – Oklahoma NAACP

Dr. King and other civil rights leaders state their opinions regarding ballot question 409, the "right to work" law. All of the civil rights leaders encourage Negro readers to vote against passing his law because it will not benefit the Negro worker.

We Shall Overcome Sketch

Charlie Cheese Carson's created this sketch which illustrates many notable civil rights leaders as chess pieces.

Which Way for the Negro Now?

In his thirteenth civil rights cover story, Newsweek General Editor Peter Goldman reports on a movement in crisis, with fragmented leadership, impatient black followers, and increasingly alienated white supporters. Goldman and reporters interviewed top leadership ranging from the Urban League’s Whitney Young to black power advocate Stokely Carmichael. This article asks what will become of the Negro Revolution.

Wilkins Praises Darien Teacher Exchange Setup

Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP, applauds Darien's efforts to integrate minority and suburban communities through its exchange program with New York City. The program "sought Negro teachers, business and professional people to live and work in their community."