Douglas Wilder On Race, Politics And America

Douglas Wilder became the first African American to be elected governor of a U.S state when he was elected in Virginia in 1989. Now, nearly two decades later, he discusses parallels between his historic race for Virgina's State House and Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

Wilder, currently the mayor of Richmond, Va., participates in Talk of the Nation's "This American Moment" series in which artists, journalists, scholars and politicians describe the significance of this time in U.S. history.

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