Thanks, Doug.

Twenty years ago on this date, L. Douglas Wilder was inaugurated as the nation’s first African American elected governor. It was, and is, a signal accomplishment. He made history.

Still, I admit to being greatly disappointed in Doug Wilder. I met him in 2004 when he was running for Mayor of Richmond. In that encounter, at our church for a candidates’ night, he seemed pompous, a blowhard.

At the same time, he talked some sense about Richmond’s future. So, when he was elected with a large majority I had high hopes.

Four years later, he left office and I for one was glad he was done. The main achievement of his term seemed to be to show what a good fighter he was–not for us so much as against everyone around him.

When I first met him, I thought he could use some therapy and also some time in the confessional. His term as mayor did not convince me otherwise.

Still, today is an anniversary that deserves to be marked. Doug Wilder and the people of Virginia participated in a history-making moment, contributing significantly to the unfolding national story of righting racial wrongs.

Thanks, Doug.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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