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Roy Wilkins, American organization executive, human rights advocate. Recipient Spingarn medal National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1964; Freedom award Freedom House, 1967; Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service medal. 1968; Presidential Medal Freedom, 1969; Zale award, 1973; Joseph Prize for Human Rights. Honorary fellow Hebrew U., Jerusalem, 1972.


Wilkins, Roy was born on August 30, 1901 in St. Louis. Son of William D. and Mayfield (Edmondson) Wilkins.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Minnesota, 1923. Honorary degreee Lincoln U., 1958, Morgan State College, 1963, Central State College, 1962, Manhattanville College Sacred Heart, 1964, Oakland U., 1965. Manhattan College, 1965, Iona College, 1965, Howard U., 1965, Swarthmore College, 1965, Notre Dame U., 1965, Middlebury College, 1965, Atlanta U., 1965, Fordham University, 1966, Tuskegee Institute, 1966, Oberlin College, 1967, Bucknell U., 1968, St. Francis College, 1968, C.W. Post College, 1968, University of California, 1968, Columbia, 1969, St. Peters College, 1969, Hebrew Union College, 1971, Yeshiva U., 1972, Virginia Seminary, 1973, Springfield College, 1973, Boston University, 1968, Drake U., 1975, Fisk U., 1975, St. John’s U., 1975, Temple University, 1977, Villanova, 1977, Niagra U., 1976, Indiana State University, 1977, others.


Managing editor Kansas City Call, 1923-1931. Assistant secretary National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1931-1949, acting secretary, 1949-1950, administrator, 1950, executive secretary, 1955-1964, executive director, 1965-1977, editor Crisis magazine, monthly official National Association for the Advancement of Colored People organ, 1934-1949. President Leadership Conference Civil Rights, 1969.

Chairman American delegate International Conference Human Rights, Teheran, 1968.


Married Aminda Badeau, September 15, 1929.

William D. Wilkins

Mayfield (Edmondson) Wilkins

Aminda Badeau