He Overcame

Roy Wilkins: 1901-1981

Roy Wilkins once described what he did for a living: "I work for Negroes." An old-fashioned word, dignified and stubbornly cherished by an old-fashioned man of principle. In a lifetime dedicated to achieving full civil rights for black Americans, Wilkins was sustained by a determined optimism and a steady faith that "there are more people who want to do good than do evil." He spent half a century with the oldest, largest and most influential civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 22 of those years as executive director. His "crowning glory," he...

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