This American Moment: Douglas Wilder : Blog Of The Nation The next in our "This American Moment" series: L. Douglas Wilder, the first elected African American governor in U.S. history.
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This American Moment: Douglas Wilder

L. Douglas Wilder is currently the mayor of Richmond, Virginia. But he's probably known best as the first African American in U.S. history to be elected governor. He served in that capacity for the state of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. He took office as mayor in Richmond in 2005.

In a state that has consistently registered in the red column in previous elections, but is now shifting to purple and possibly blue, he's in a unique position to talk about what this American moment means to him. And again, we want to know... getting away from the ugliness and the day to day of the political campaigns... If you step back and think about this election, what does this moment really mean to you?