Roy Wilkins and the NAACP: A Life Dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement
To begin the journey through Roy Wilkins life, we will start with a little biographical information. Roy was born in St. Louis, Mo. On August 30, 1901, as the grandson of a slave. His mother died when he was three years old, so he and his sister were sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle in St. Paul, Mn. There they raised him in a low-income, integrated community. Although he was poor, he did attend …show more content…
Then sadly, on September 8, 1981, he died in New York City at the age of eighty years old.
Roy Wilkins approach to gaining civil rights for blacks was different from others of his time. Unlike some of his counterparts, he felt that blacks needed to take a nonviolent approach to gaining civil rights. He thought that student sit-ins and general civil disobedience were all right, but preferred a legal approach, with court hearings, negotiations, etc. In 1959, he publically rebuked the Monroe, N. Carolina chapter of the NAACP because of its vigorous assertion of blacks rights to self defense. He preferred passive resistance.
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