Minnesota values shaped civil-rights leader Roy Wilkins
Samuel Myers discusses the legacy of Wilkins, who took a 'Minnesota approach' to fighting racial injustice.
"He specifically embraced integration as the route toward dismantling racial discrimination and segregation," Myers said. "His experience working closely with whites, such as on the editorial board of the Minnesota Daily, provided him with a unique set of experiences and insights that perhaps he would not have had if he faced stark segregation in his formative years. Put differently, he saw whites as allies and supporters of the fight for equality as opposed to enemies and opponents of equality."