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January 8, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Roger Wilkins is MLK Jr. Convocation Speaker

Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Wilkins will be the keynote speaker at the Johns Hopkins University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in the Levering Hall Glass Pavilion on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Wilkins, the Clarence J. Robinson professor of history and American culture at George Mason University, is a past chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board. He is a member of the board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and is publisher of the NAACP's journal Crisis. He has written for both The New York Times and The Washington Post, where he shared in the paper's Pulitzer Prize honors in 1972 for its Watergate coverage. Wilkins is the author of A Man's Life: An Autobiography and Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism. He was co-editor of Quiet Riots.

Wilkins also has been an active public servant, having served as assistant attorney general and as chair of the board of trustees of the Africa America Institute. He is an appointed member of the board of education in the District of Columbia.

Wilkins' lecture is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. He will be the first guest lecturer for the student-organized Black History Month, organized by the Black Student Union. For information about the MLK Convocation and other Black History Month events, call (410) 516-2224.

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