Remarks of Roy Wilkins of New York, N.Y., executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, at the Symposium on Civil Rights at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. December 11, 1972. 9:00 a.m. EST

_The Decade, 1960-1970_

As this symposium topic suggests, the civil rights period includes the principal events covered by the years from 1960 to 1970. I am grateful to the symposium sponsors for the invitation to make this contribution to the discussion.

It is easy, after even a casual review of the events of this decade, to conclude that this period is one of those constituting a great leap forward for our nation in this civil rights field.

It was a time of significant history. It was a time of excitement. It was a time of satisfying achievement. It was a time of sadness, a period marked by assassination, used as a weapon to try to halt social progress.

Who now living can forget the striking down, in 1963, of a young and vital President of the United States? Or the healing words and acts of his strong successor, striving to keep the nation on an even keel during the turbulent years?

The time was one of significant history. it was best said, perhaps by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his memorable speech in the Spring of 1965:

"In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues;

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