A Conversation Worth Having: Roy Wilkins
“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”
Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.
Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world, as this is a virtual event > https://app.kosmi.io/room/s76t3n
For Monday, January 18, we are focusing our program on Roy Wilkins. Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. He was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and between 1931 and 1934 was assistant NAACP secretary under Walter Francis White. When W. E. B. Du Bois left the organization in 1934, Wilkins replaced him as editor of Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. In 1950, Wilkins, along with A. Philip Randolph and Arnold Aronson, founded the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). LCCR has become the premier civil rights coalition, and has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. In 1967, Wilkins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon Johnson. During his tenure, the NAACP led the nation into the Civil Rights movement and spearheaded the efforts that led to significant civil rights victories, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
We hope you’ll join us for a chance to learn ALL January long!
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