L. Douglas Wilder: Countinuing 30 Years of history, Then & Now

Douglas Wilder

You are cordially invited to attend the “L. Douglas Wilder: Continuing 30 Years of History, Then & Now.” Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of L. Douglas Wilder, as 66th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation’s first elected African-American governor. His continuing legacy will be acknowledged with a daylong virtual leadership symposium. During the live webcast, Governor Wilder will deliver a keynote address and senior elected officials, political experts, and students will offer their insights and take audience questions.

This event will be held from: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, and the cost is free.

For more information and to register, visit: www.wilder30.com and for questions, contact: wilderschool@vcu.edu

About the event:
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature lectures, panel discussions and a keynote address by Wilder. A morning panel on judicial and legislative history will include Judge Rodger Gregory, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and an afternoon panel examining the 2020 election will feature invited guest former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and will be moderated by Larry Sabato, Ph.D., political analyst and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Register at www.wilder30.com to attend the entire event or individual sessions.

About L. Douglas Wilder:
L. Douglas Wilder is the 66th governor of Virginia and a distinguished professor at the school that bears his name. A native of Richmond’s historic Church Hill district, Wilder served as the commonwealth’s chief executive officer from 1990 to 1994, and is the first African American to serve as governor of a U.S. state since Reconstruction, and the first elected African-American governor.

Wilder graduated from Virginia Union University and served in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he earned a Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat. After the war, he attended Howard University School of Law, establishing a legal practice in Richmond shortly thereafter. He won election to the Virginia Senate in 1969 as a member of the Democratic Party and served five terms before taking office as the lieutenant governor of Virginia, becoming the first African American to hold statewide office in the commonwealth. Wilder’s historic success in the 1989 Virginia gubernatorial election made him a major and immediate influence in the U.S. political arena. He was commended for his sound fiscal management and balancing the state budget during difficult economic times. For two consecutive years under Wilder’s administration, Virginia was ranked as the best-managed state in the U.S. by Financial World magazine.

Wilder returned to elective office in 2005, when he became the first directly-elected mayor of Richmond in over a half-century, winning every precinct. Since leaving office in 2009, he has worked as a distinguished professor at the Wilder School where he lectures and hosts symposia, including the most recent, “Race in Academia.” He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP’s prestigious Spingarn Medal, awarded 34 honorary degrees and citations of the highest order, e.g. Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of several government and public service organizations, the author of “Son of Virginia: A Life in America’s Political Arena,” and a spokesperson on current issues – national, state, and local.