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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.
Douglas Wilder
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 NIDCD, 402-6415.

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