“This past June, Wellington Webb, one of the West’s most prominent Black politicians of the late 20th century, was at the high-rise office of his eponymous lobbying firm, in a conference room overlooking the north side of the state Capitol. For weeks, the gray granite structure had been the epicenter of protests in the city, its facade marked with black and white and red graffiti that looked like tiny dots from Webb’s window on the 28th floor. The Capitol’s golden dome gleamed beneath him in the morning light.
It is not an overstatement to say that 2020 has been a cataclysmic year: The confluence of historic social unrest over the treatment of Black Americans by police and a global pandemic that continues to threaten the physical and economic health of our nation has inexorably changed the country, and the world. For Webb, the collision of events marked a definitive shift in his public life. Now 79 years old, he could feel his time in the political spotlight slowly drawing to a close.”
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Sanchez, Robert. 5280 Magazine September 2020.