President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with civil rights leader Roy Wilkins.

Audio:

Part 1
Part 1
Part 2
Part 2
Part 3
Part 3
Part 4
Part 4

Notes:

Image of Wilkins and President Lyndon B. Johnson:  Library of Congress.

Image: Original caption: Roy Wilkins, a civil rights leader and director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, sits in a chair in the NAACP office. New York, New York. 1963.  Copyright: Corbis.

Audio Note: Audio on tape 3 cuts off a few paragraphs short, but the transcript is complete.

Audio courtesy of the University of Kentucky.

Roy Wilkins

Related Documents: 
Roy Wilkins
Roy Wilkins Bio

Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) was a journalist, editor, and civil rights activist.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BA in sociology in 1923.  His career as a journalist began with the Minnesota Daily, and he later worked for African American newspapers such as the St. Paul Appeal and the Kansas City Call.  In 1934 Wilkins replaced W.E.B DuBois as the editor of The Crisis.  He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, and he participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches as well as the March Against Fear in 1966.  Wilkins was a proponent for nonviolence and opposed the militant approach of the “black power” movement.

Image: Original caption: Roy Wilkins, a civil rights leader and director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from, sits in a chair in the NAACP office. New York, New York. 1963.  Copyright: Corbis.

Abstract

Warren begins with an anonymous quotation about integration and the “destruction” of the public school system.  The two discuss the timetable for school integration, and Wilkins argues that quality of education is key for African American students.  He suggests the importance of instilling racial pride and an African American history.  Wilkins discusses W.E.B. DuBois's theory of African American's "double consciousness."   Wilkins and Warren discuss how integration will change the South and southerners, and they consider whether integration will differ by region.  Warren prompts Wilkins to discuss Gunnar Myrdal’s thesis about Reconstruction.

Transcript

Expand All | Collapse All

Related Documents

View all Media

Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities ©2014 | About | Contact