- NAME: Roy Wilkins
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Editor, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: August 30, 1901
- DEATH DATE: September 08, 1981
- Did You Know?: A portrait of Roy Wilkins graced the cover of TIME magazine's August 30, 1963, issue, with art by Henry Koerner.
- EDUCATION: University of Minnesota, Mechanic Arts High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
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Roy Wilkins was a 20th century journalist and activist who became the leader of the NAACP and was a key figure of the Civil Rights Movement.
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During the late '60s, Wilkins was wary of the more militant Black Power Movement, and was accused by some of having too conciliatory a tone. After being asked to step down by some within the organization and initially refusing, he retired from the NAACP in 1977, with Benjamin Hooks taking over leadership.
Wilkins died on September 8, 1981, in New York City, due to kidney failure and heart issues. He received many awards and honors during his lifetime; books on him include his 1982 posthumously published autobiography, Standing Fast, as well as 2005's Roy Wilkins: Leader of the NAACP by Calvin Craig Miller. Wilkins's alma mater, the University of Minnesota, created the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Human Justice.
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