Annual King Program Scheduled, Jan. 16
Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, a distinguished
professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), will be the
keynote speaker for NIH's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemoration Program on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in
Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The theme of the observance is "A
Lesson in Peace that Cannot Be Erased." Music by Wydell L.
Croom is also featured.
A milestone was achieved on Jan. 13, 1990, when Wilder was
sworn in as the first elected African-American governor in U.S.
history. What made the event even more extraordinary was that he
was elected in Virginia the centerpiece of the Confederacy
during the Civil War where African Americans constitute
less than 20 percent of the population.
Since leaving the governor's mansion, Wilder, who serves as
professor at VCU's Center for Public Policy and its department of
political science, has also been involved in development of the
National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Va., which will focus
on education and will include lecture halls, an auditorium,
classrooms and a library of about 250,000 books.
Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable
accommodation or more information about NIH's observance, call
Levon Parker of NINDS, 496-5332 or Kay Johnson Graham of
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