1931- Douglas Was born and raised in the "gentle poverty" of depression-era Richmond, which was segregated strictly by race. His father, Robert Judson Wilder, was the son of slaves, and his mother, Beulah Olive Richards, was born to freed blacks in Charles City County.
1947 - Wilder graduated from Armstrong High School, one of two city high schools reserved for blacks, Aspiring to become a dental surgeon
he earned a degree in chemistry from Virginia Union University.
the same hotel where he would declare victory in the 1985 lieutenant governor election.
i952 - Wilder was drafted into the Army He served as an infantryman in the Korean War and won the Bronze Star for valor in combat. He was discharged in 1953.
1956 - he entered Howard University Law School, one of the few options for Wilder and his roommate, future Richmond Mayor Henry L. Marsh III. both were barred from attending Virginia's law schools because of their race.
1959 - After receiving his degree Wilder began what became a lucrative career in law and real estate investment.
1985- he was elected lieutenant governor. of virginia.
1989- wilder became the first black elected governor.
- he has remained in the public spotlight by hosting a radio talk show,
teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University, and commenting on political
events. His remaining ambitions include founding a slavery history museum.
1956 - His newspaper career began with a summer job at the Indianapolis Recorder
1960 - He followed a pre ministerial curriculum at Indiana Central College and graduated with a B.S. in history
1962 - His duties there as reporter, photographer and editor inspired him to join The Washington Post
1965 - Watts riot in Los Angeles earned him the Capital Press Club's "Journalist of the Year" award
1966 - Raspberry's column first ran in the local section of The Post
1971- His column was moved to the paper's op-ed page
1967 - He received a citation of merit in journalism from Lincoln University in Jefferson, Mo., for distinction in improving human relations
1994 - William Raspberry won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary
1997 - Raspberry was named one of the top 50 most influential journalists in the national press corps by Washingtonian magazine