Around the South for Dec. 1: FL, OK & VA

Florida: Black leaders urge Abolition Day. US Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, US Circuit Court James Wynn, and Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP, among others, joined in a conference call to urge Congress to declare Dec. 6 as Abolition Day, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment which formally abolished slavery in the United States ……. Oklahoma: Lankford notes Federal Fumbles. Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, US Sen. Tom Coburn (R), who kept a “Wastebook” of foolish federal spending, US Sen. James Lankford (R) has started “Federal Fumbles.” Lankford said his annual report will focus on “regulations that are inconsistent and overspending and duplication,” reports the Tulsa World ……. Virginia: Wilder writes autobiography. “Son of Virginia: A Life in America’s Political Arena” is the title of the newly published autobiography of Doug Wilder, the first African American elected governor in the United States and later mayor of Richmond. Wilder’s book covers growing up in segregated Richmond, his early days in the legislature attempting to change Virginia’s state song, “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,” and his later career in city, state and national politics, reports the Washington Post …….