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Civil Rights and Free Speech find a Home on the North Plaza

Robinson Professor Roger Wilkins was a civil rights icon and journalist who left quite an impression on the world before his death in 2017. As the first African American assistant attorney general, he counseled presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. An editorial writer, he shared the Pulitzer Prize with Woodward and Bernstein for the Washington Post’s investigation of the Watergate scandal. An educator and mentor, whose wisdom and perspective inspired students over the course of a 20-year Mason career, his work deserved a legacy on our campus. So we honored the late Professor Wilkins by dedicating the Johnson Center North Plaza in his name.