Under the leadership of Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) the NAACP campaigned for the successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Wilkins grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and was influenced at an early age by the harsh incidents of racism and lynching that occurred in this northern city. His life-long involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) started when he became a member in college and continued as he worked as an assistant executive secretary, editor of The Crisis, executive secretary and executive director (1955-1977).
This stamp is part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. Initiated in 1978, the USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year.
Scott Catalogue USA: 3501
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Museum ID: 2001.2010.63