RACES: A Leader's Dissonant Swan Song

When Roy Wilkins rose last week to address the 67th annual national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Memphis, nothing seemed terribly amiss. As the group's executive director for the past eleven years, Wilkins, 74, has become the embodiment of the organization that he had labored so energetically to help build. But once the normally soft-spoken Wilkins started talking, he shook the 3,000 delegates out of their calm.

Wilkins, who was expected to leave his post at the end of 1976, shocked the assemblage by accusing some members of the N.A.A.C.P.'s board of directors...

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