Dramatic Life Of Roger Wilkins

On March 26, the multi-talented activist, Roger Wilkins, passed away at a nursing home in Kensington, Maryland, at the age of 85.

Roger Wilkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri in a middle-class family of a business manager of the city’s Black newspaper and a desegregation activist and a future president of the national YWCA. As you can guess, the young man was a natural born fighter for the rights of the Black people.



Overwhelming devotion and passion brought Wilkins a position of the head of the Community Relations Service in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, a job in the Ford Foundation and later a Pulitzer Prize and a title of the Civil Rights Champion.

wilk4 wilk5

His commentary, titled “A Black at the Gridiron Dinner,” tackling racism among nations most renowned journalists and politicians made Roger Wilkins a famous journalist.


We hope that Wilkins’ name will never be forgotten by the people he served to all his life. He’ll surely be missed by many.

Thank you!
You have successfully subscribed!
We will be glad to enlighten you on
the life of the Black community.
Do you want to be notified?
Add meetup