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ROY WILKINS - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 178526

The Civil Rights leader honors Booker T. Washington. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Roy Wilkins", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring the centennial of the birth of educator Booker T. Washington, postmarked Booker Washington Birthplace, Va., April 5, 1956, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.

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Condition: Fine condition
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ROY WILKINS
The Civil Rights leader honors Booker T. Washington.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Roy Wilkins", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring the centennial of the birth of educator Booker T. Washington, postmarked Booker Washington Birthplace, Va., April 5, 1956, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Just 23 days earlier, on March 12, 1956, a manifesto was issued by southern Senators and Representatives pledging use of all legal means to reverse the 1954 and 1955 Supreme Court integration rulings. It is interesting to note that during this period of racial tension the U.S. government issued a commemorative stamp honoring the most famous of all Black educators. The stamp does not, however, bear Washington's picture; it instead depicts the log cabin in which he was born. Roy Wilkins (1901-1981), who had been appointed Assistant Executive Secretary of the NAACP in 1931, edited the organization's journal, "Crisis", from 1934-1949. He was Executive Secretary of the NAACP from 1955-1965 and served as Executive Director from 1965 until his retirement in 1977. Wilkins had played a major role in the preparation of the "Brown v Board of Education of Topeka" school desegregation case (1954) and was later one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. He died in 1981. In 2001, Wilkins was honored on a 34-cent U.S. postage stamp. Fine condition.

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