Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy Birthday Roy Wilkins (R.I.P.)

By Yoichi R. Okamoto 1968

Roy Ottoway Wilkens sunrise 8/30/1901 St. Louis, MO, sunset 9/8/198, New York.

Journalist, civil rights activist, and author.

Father left before his way born to avoid lynching and his mother died from tuberculosis when he was 4 years old.

He was raised in St. Paul, MN.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a sociology degree.

He was a journalist at The Minnesota Daily, an editor at The Appeal, an African-American newspaper, editor at The Call and The Crisis (the paper for NAACP).

In 1950 he co-founded the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR).

He became the Executive Secretary of the NAACP in 1955, and the Executive Director in 1964 until 1977.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion, and blessings.


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