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Roger Wilkins (March 25, 1932 – March 26, 2017) was an African-American civil rights leader, professor of history, and journalist. He was a journalist for The Crisis and for a short time wrote for The Washington Post. Between 1966 and 1969, Wilkins served as the United States Assistant Attorney General during the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was a history professor at George Mason University.
Wilkins was a political writer and was known for writing Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism (2001).
Wilkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He studied at the University of Michigan. He was married to Patricia King until his death. They lived in Washington, D.C..
- "Roger Wilkins, Champion of Civil Rights, Dies at 85". The New York Times. March 27, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/us/roger-wilkins-died-civil-rights-advocate.html.
- Wilkins Appearances on C-SPAN
- Booknotes interview with Wilkins on Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism, August 12, 2001. Archived June 12, 2016, at the Wayback Machine