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Roy Wilkins, Executive Director of the NAACP, dispels reports that he has been ousted from his post during a news conference at NAACP headquarters in New York, January 15, 1974
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (18.1 x 25.08 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.145

Wilkins Denies Ouster: Roy Wilkins, Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, smiles Tuesday during a news conference held to dispel reports that he had been ousted from his post. Speaking at NAACP headquarters in New York, Wilkins told newsmen that he was "not asked to resign or retire by any member of the Board of Directors."

Roy Wilkins (1901-1981) was an instrumental figure in Congress' passage of the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the key leaders who organized the historic March on Washington. Additionally, Wilkins helped to oversee an increase in membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 25,000 members in the 1930s to more than 400,000 by the 1970s.

On recto: typewritten title and date.

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (18.1 x 25.08 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 11 in. (20.64 x 27.94 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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