The Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award

The NAACP Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award is named in honor of a leader who spent more than four decades at the NAACP, including 22 years at the helm of the organization during the early, pivotal years of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Roy Wilkins helped organize the historic 1963 March on Washington; participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965 and the March Against Fear in Mississippi in 1966.

This year marks the first time since 1993 that we present the Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award to a group who will join the ranks of past recipients including United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez (1989), Representative Ronald V. Dellums (1990), Attorney Conrad J. Lynn (1990), Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Reverend Jesse L. Jackson (1993). This year’s award is presented to those who individually and collectively exemplify the spirit of Roy Wilkins and embrace the NAACP’s work fighting for justice, protecting voting rights and encouraging full participation in the political process.


The Texas Legislative Black Caucus was formed in 1973 and consisted of eight members. Those founding members were: Rep. Senfronia Thompson (Houston), currently the longest-serving woman in the history of the Texas state legislature; Rep. Anthony Hall (Houston); Rep. Mickey Leland (Houston); Rep. Craig Washington (Houston); Rep. Sam Hudson (Dallas);  Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Dallas); Rep. Paul Ragsdale (Dallas); and Rep. G.J. Sutton (San Antonio). The TxLBC is currently composed of 17 members of the Texas House of Representatives and two Texas state senators. Chaired by Rep. Nicole Collier (HD  95 – Fort Worth), the caucus is committed to addressing the issues African Americans face across Texas.


The sixty-five members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus fight for real solutions for all Texans. They are champions for working families, and are dedicated to increasing opportunity for those we represent. They are steadfast in their commitment to increase access to affordable health care, invest in public schools and protect the freedom to vote. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (HD 101 – Grand Prairie), the caucus supports Texas House Democrats in all matters related to their policy, communications and district efforts.


The Mexican American Legislative Caucus was founded in 1973 in the Texas House of Representatives by a small group of lawmakers of Mexican American heritage for the purpose of strengthening their numbers and better representing a united Latino constituency across the state. MALC is the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States with 41 members representing millions of Texans. Together, MALC works in matters of consequence to the state’s large and growing Latino constituency and to raise the level of Latino engagement in Texas government. The current chair is Rep. Rafael Anchía (HD 103 – Dallas).