Remarks of Roy Wilkins of New York, N. Y., executive director
of the National Associationfor 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. LRT
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 ths 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 sets of his strong successor, striving to keep the nation
on an even keel during the turbuient 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:
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