Roger Wilkins is a civil rights leader who has made significant contributions to academia, journalism, and public affairs.
After receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan, Wilkins went on to a career in public affairs, serving as Assistant Attorney General during the Johnson administration. Additionally, Wilkins has served as 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 the publisher of NAACP's journal, Crisis, and has previously served as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Wilkins is also an appointed member of the District of Columbia Board of Education.
A distinguished journalist, Wilkins has written for both The New York Times and the Washington Post. While on the editorial staff of the Washington Post, he shared the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Watergate coverage with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and Herbert Lawrence Block. His highly acclaimed autobiography, A Man's Life (1982), was reprinted in 1991. Wilkins also worked with Fred Harris to co-edit Quiet Riots in 1988. His book Jefferson's Pillow (2001) examines the ideals of the founding fathers who declared "men were created equal" while still owning slaves and won a NAIBA book award in 2002.
Wilkins was the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 2007.