Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981

Dates:
Birth 1901-08-30
Death 1981-09-08
Americans
English, French

Biographical notes:

Civil rights leader and journalist; d. 1981.

From the description of Papers, 1915-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31605113

Roy Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Wilkins edited the KANSAS CITY CALL, a Black newspaper, from 1923 to 1931. Wilkins became Assistant Secretary of the NAACP in 1931 and became Executive Secretary in 1955. Under his leadership the NAACP grew to 350,000 members.

From the description of Letter, 1969, June 4. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122543335

Civil rights leader and journalist. Died 1981.

From the description of Papers of Roy Wilkins, 1901-1980 (bulk 1932-1980). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069495

Civil rights leader.

From the description of Reminiscences of Roy Wilkins : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309727694

From the description of Reminiscences of Roy Wilkins : oral history. 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527276

Biographical Note

  • 1901, Aug. 30: Born, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1906: Moved to St. Paul, Minn.
  • 1923: A.B., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • 1923 - 1932 : Journalist and managing editor, Kansas City Call
  • 1929: Married Aminda Badeau
  • 1931 - 1949 : Assistant to secretary, NAACP
  • 1934 - 1949 : Editor, Crisis
  • 1949: Acting executive secretary, NAACP
  • 1950 - 1955 : Administrator, NAACP
  • 1955 - 1965 : Executive secretary, NAACP
  • 1965 - 1977 : Executive director, NAACP
  • 1969: Awarded Medal of Freedom
  • 1977: Retired
  • 1981, Sept. 8: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Roy Wilkins Papers, 1901-1980, (bulk 1932-1980), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • African Americans--Education
  • African Americans--Segregation
  • African Americans
  • Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc
  • African American journalists--Interviews
  • Civil rights movement
  • African American newspapers--Sections, columns, etc
  • Civil rights workers--Interviews
  • African Americans--Societies, etc
  • African Americans--Civil rights
  • African Americans--Social conditions
  • Segregation

Occupations:

  • Journalists
  • Civil rights leaders

Places:

  • New York City, NY, US
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Saint Louis, MI, US
  • Saint Paul, MN, US