Wednesday, April 4, 2007

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Posted on Wed, Apr 4, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Wilder's Busy Schedule Special April Fool's Edition

-4Friday, March 30, 11:45 a.m.

The weekend gets off to a disappointing start. Wilder's attempt at reconciliation with the Richmond school system by helping serve lunches at Armstrong High is upstaged by an appearance from R&B singer Ne-Yo. Dejected, Wilder retreats to the labyrinth of reflection on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, where he laments that his good deeds often go unnoticed.

+6Friday, March 30, 4 p.m.

Spiritually rejuvenated, the grandson of slaves forgoes an out-of-town fundraiser for his National Slavery Museum project in order to attend the unveiling of the historic Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue in his own city. "I wouldn't miss this historic occasion for the world," Wilder tells the crowd of some 5,000 people.

0Friday, March 30, 5 p.m.

His eyes watering, Wilder embraces Paul Goldman.

+5Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m.

After registering under the name "Henry Hager" in order to remain anonymous, Wilder jaunts alongside thousands of runners in the Monument Avenue 10-K. He is undetected until his well-worn Richmond Braves baseball cap, pulled down to help conceal his identity, is knocked off by a gust of wind.

+3Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m.

Wilder treats Maya Angelou to a cozy helicopter ride from the Richmond International Airport, welcoming her the night before the African-American Trailblazers Awards. He asks her to critique the first lines of his new poem, "My Sons and Daughters: Love Tree of Humanity." She makes it a masterpiece by suggesting a final two-word line: "Me. Hope." They land at Carol Wolf's house for a late lunch.

+2Saturday, March 31, 9 p.m.

Wilder asks his media-relations office to cancel all press releases touting his busy weekend, much less his surprise appearance at the VCU French Film Festival. In a memo to spokesman Linwood Norman, he writes: "It is crucially imperative that I not take any attention away from the important events of the weekend. Just seeing the glow on the faces of Richmond citizens is all the satisfaction I need."

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