Roy Wilkins received the following letter from a person who had followed his writings in the many publications he wrote for during his long career. Mrs. Roy Wilkins thought that this letter captured the substance of her husband as a human being and as a leader of civil rights for all Americans. In fact she used the letter as a preface to a collection of her husband's speeches, essays, and articles that she herself published.
August 14, 1967
Los Angeles, Cal.
Dear Mr. Wilkins:
I feel, that as one of your reader audience, you should know how much
you inspire me. You maintain a universal tone in the human dilemma
of wanting to love and to be loved, to feel worthwhile, to believe that
others feel that we are worthwhile. The Negroes' dilemma is a silhouette
of every man's fear of neglect, deprivation, and isolation. In view of
the uprising in some of the big cities, it is more important that we keep
our cool and plough ahead with our aspirations for mankind.
I know that what I am saying must be terribly moralizing. But I am
simply trying to say that you invite love in this world of distrust.
Please think of me as an ardent supporter.