Wilson, John A., 1943-1993


African American civil rights worker and politician. Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Princess Anne, Maryland, Wilson left college to join the Civil Rights movement as a SNCC field secretary and later national vice president of the organization. He also worked as a community organizer in New York City with Malcolm X. In 1969, Wilson became the legislative director for the National Sharecropper's Fund, an advocacy group for migrant farm workers. He helped run its Washington office for six years. In 1971, Wilson was co-chairman for the campaign of Walter E. Fauntroy, who became the Washington, D.C.'s first delegate to Congress. Wilson ran successfully for the D.C. city council in 1974 and in 1990 won a landslide victory to become chair of the city council.

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