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Sat, 01.13.1990

America Elects Its First Black Governor

L. Douglas Wilder

On this date in 1990, Virginia became the first state in America to elect a Black man as its governor. Lawrence Douglas Wilder, a Richmond native, ran the state from 1990 to 1994. State law limits each governor’s service to one four-year term.

Wilder, a Virginia Union and Howard University graduate was the first Black elected to the Virginia Senate in 1969.

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There is a tree, by day, That, at night, Has a shadow, A hand huge and black, With fingers long and black, All through the dark, Against the white man's house, In the little wind, The black... TENEBRIS by Angelina weld Grimke’.
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