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The NAACP mourns the loss of civil rights defender Roger Wilkins.

3/31/2017, 6 a.m.
The nephew of long time NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins and former publisher of The Crisis Magazine, Roger Wilkins served ...

The nephew of long time NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins and former publisher of The Crisis Magazine, Roger Wilkins served in several high-profiled positions in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, including Assistant Attorney General.

“Roger was a very important member of the NAACP family and multigenerational in his impact on the continued struggle for civil and human rights, he will be missed” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell.

Born into segregation, early on Roger Wilkins felt it was his duty to help shift the

dynamics for communities of color. He was truly a leader and a man of servitude.

Wilkins knew what it took to craft Pulitzer-Prize winning editorials that informed

and enlightened the minds of many.

A well-respected intellectual, Wilkins served as intern for former NAACP Legal

Defense and Educational Fund Director, Thurgood Marshall, Jr. the first

African-American Supreme Court Justice, who became a mentor for him.

“The passing of Roger Wilkins represents an incredible loss. His elegant words and

the eloquence of his example in journalism, government, the academy and public

service will be long remembered. He leaves behind a Renaissance body of work in

civil rights. He was a self-described ‘blue chip black’ whose efforts over many

decades made life better for Americans from all walks of life,” said NAACP President

and CEO Cornell William Brooks. ”said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William

Brooks.

Wilkins later became one of the first African-American editorial board members for

The Washington Post and New York Times. No, stranger to barriers, Wilkins gracefully

overcame any obstacles in his path. The former chairman and publisher of The Crisis

Publishing Company, Inc., which publishes The Crisis, the official publication of

the NAACP, Wilkins also served as the Clarence J. Robinson professor of History and

American Culture at George Mason University in Virginia.

The NAACP salutes and honors Roger Wilkins for a life well lived.