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A grandson of formerly enslaved people, Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for over two decades as Executive Secretary and Executive Director.  He started out in journalism as a writer and editor for the Kansas City, Missouri black weekly The Call.  Moving to New York in the early 1930's he succeeded W.E.B. Du Bois as the editor of Crisis, the NAACP monthly publication.  His tenure leading that organization spanned dramatic advances in civil rights legislation and cultural consensus.  His autobiography Standing Fast was published posthumously.

Image: Roy Wilkins, Director of the NAACP, at the White House, 30 April, 1968. Yoichi R. Okamoto, photographer. Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.
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