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Explorations in Black Leadership

Roger Wilkins, Civil Rights Advocate And Historian, To Speak At U.Va. On "Leadership In Journalism"

February 19, 2001-- Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor of history at George Mason University, will speak at the University of Virginia on Tuesday, March 6.

His talk, "Leadership in Journalism: An Historical Perspective," is part of the "Explorations in Black Leadership" series, an oral history project sponsored by the Institute for Public History and the Darden School. The series aims to preserve leadership lessons taught by key civil rights leaders and examine the nature of that leadership.

Wilkins has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post. While at the Post, he received a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for coverage of the Watergate affair, along with his colleagues Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and editorial cartoonist Herblock.

He is the author of "Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and The Dilemma of Black Patriotism" (2000), and a highly acclaimed autobiography, "A Man's Life" (1982). With former U.S. Senator Fred R. Harris, he edited "Quiet Riots: Race and Poverty in the United States."

Wilkins, who was an assistant attorney general in the Johnson administration, is chair of the board of trustees of the Africa-America Institute and is a member of the Board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The "Explorations in Black Leadership" project brings key civil rights figures to Charlottesville, where they participate in public forums and videotaped interviews conducted by Julian Bond, U.Va. history professor, and longtime civil rights leader. Bond also is national chair of the NAACP.

Wilkins' talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Minor Hall, Room 125.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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