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Roy Wilkins


Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) was a journalist, editor, and civil rights activist.  Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  Wilkins attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with BA in sociology in 1923.  His career as a journalist began with the Minnesota Daily, and 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.  Wilkins helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches, and 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.

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