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Roger Wilkins, activist and historian whose Watergate editorials helped win a Pulitzer, dies at 85

Roger Wilkins, activist and historian whose Watergate editorials helped win a Pulitzer, dies at 85

Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Johnson's administration and helped the Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85.

Wilkins, most recently a history professor at George Mason University, died at an assisted-living facility in Kensington, Md., his wife, Patricia King, and his daughter Elizabeth Wilkins said. The cause was complications from dementia, they said.

His uncle Roy Wilkins was the longtime executive director of the NAACP. A lifetime later, his daughter Elizabeth worked in the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Wilkins said in...

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