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Roger Wilkins on The Dilemma of Black Patriotism

02/12/2003 at 12:00 a.m.

Roger Wilkins' book, Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism, is the topic of his address at Town Hall Seattle, recorded January 14, 2003.

During the Johnson administration, Wilkins served as Assistant Attorney General. He has written regularly for both the New York Times and The Washington Post. While on the editorial page staff of the latter, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for Watergate coverage with Woodward, Bernstein and Herblock. His highly acclaimed autobiography, A Man's Life (1982), was reprinted in 1991, and he was co-editor with Fred Harris of Quiet Riots in 1988.

Among an array of public service activities, he served as past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Africa America Institute and is a member of the Board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is publisher of NAACP's journal Crisis and is an appointed member of the District of Columbia Board of Education. Wilkins holds a law degree from the University of Michigan.

His most recent book, Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism, was published in 2001 and won the 2002 NAIBA Book Award for Adult Non-Fiction. The book is the topic of Roger Wilkins' talk, which took place at Town Hall on January 14, 2003, is the Seattle Public Library's A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History.

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