Goodbye to the Old Guard

The civil rights movement braces for an uncertain future

On two successive days last week, the civil rights movement lost, in different ways, two of its most prominent leaders. Roy Wilkins, who had served for 22 years as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People before retiring in 1977, died at 80. Then Vernon Jordan, 46, president of the National Urban League for the past ten years, announced at a New York news conference that he was resigning to join the Dallas-based law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer...

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