Originally barred from Virginia’s law schools because of his race, L. Douglas Wilder later became the first African-American governor elected in U.S. history – and it was in Virginia, in 1989, that this grandson of slaves made history. On Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00pm, Wilder will speak in the Student Center Ballroom as a part of the campus’ Martin Luther King Commemorative Week.
The Georgia State University Library has a number of excellent resources if you are interested in learning more about Wilder or other African-Americans in politics.
- Virginia’s Native Son: The Election and Administration of Governor L. Douglas Wilder, by J.L. Jeffries, is in our collection and studies the details of Wilder’s term in office.
- Wilder is also featured in African Americans Who Were First, by Joan Potter and Constance Claytor, as well as Great African Americans In Government, by Karen Dudley.
- We also provide access to CQ Researcher, a database with in-depth coverage of political and social issues.
- Finally, LexisNexis features close to 300 articles on Wilder; search his name under the “People” tab.
These resources provide more information about about L. Douglas Wilder and his landmark role in recent history, and why he is part of this informative campus event sponsored by Student Affairs.