Roy
Wilkins strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the right occasion

from Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised on Rap Genius

Meaning

Roy Wilkins, Executive Director of the NAACP from 1964 to 1976, and while he presided over the organization during a period of stunning success for the civil rights movement, he was also criticized by more militant blacks in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his caution and his ties to establishment figures in the American power structure. Leftist blacks also objected to Wilkins' strident anti-communism.

Here, Heron seems to be arguing that each individual needs to fight for his or her own freedom, in order to bring about real change — we cannot rely on so-called “leaders” to do that work for us.

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