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Roy Wilkins : the quiet revolutionary and the NAACP

Author: Yvonne Ryan
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
Series: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Roy Wilkins (1901--1981) spent forty-six years of his life serving the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and led the organization for more than twenty years. Under his leadership, the NAACP spearheaded efforts that contributed to landmark civil rights legislation, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. In Roy Wilkins: The Quiet Revolutionary and the NAACP, Yvonne  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Roy Wilkins; Roy Wilkins; Roy Wilkins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yvonne Ryan
ISBN: 9780813143798 0813143799 0813143810 9780813143811 0813143802 9780813143804
OCLC Number: 837180291
Description: 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The family firm --
Treading water --
A strategy for freedom --
Politics and protest --
All the way with LBJ --
A crisis of victory --
The survivor --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Yvonne Ryan.

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Roy Wilkins (1901--1981) spent forty-six years of his life serving the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and led the organization for more than twenty years. Under his leadership, the NAACP spearheaded efforts that contributed to landmark civil rights legislation, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. In Roy Wilkins: The Quiet Revolutionary and the NAACP, Yvonne Ryan offers the first biography of this influential activist, as well as an analysis of his significant contributions to civil rights in America. While activists in Alabama were treading the highways between Selma and Montgomery, Wilkins was walking the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., working tirelessly in the background to ensure that the rights they fought for were protected through legislation and court rulings. With his command of congressional procedure and networking expertise, Wilkins was regarded as a strong and trusted presence on Capitol Hill, and received greater access to the Oval Office than any other civil rights leader during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Roy Wilkins fills a significant gap in the history of the civil rights movement, objectively exploring the career and impact of one of its forgotten leaders. The quiet revolutionary, who spent his life navigating the Washington political system, affirmed the extraordinary and courageous efforts of the many men and women who braved the dangers of the southern streets and challenged injustice to achieve equal rights for all Americans.

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"What distinguishes this biography from many of those civil rights warriors is Ryan's supreme skill at not letting any negative rumors or allegations hijack the memorable achievements of Roy Wilkins. Read more...

 
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