Wilma Webb, a Denver native, was a member of the Colorado State Legislature from 1980 to 1993.
She fought for school reform and equality initiatives, as well as legislation to establish Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a state holiday (prior to it becoming a national holiday). Webb married Wellington Webb in 1969. Her husband was Denver’s first African American mayor (1991-2003), and Wilma worked tirelessly to improve the city as first lady. She chaired the Mayor’s Commission on Art, Culture, and Film, and secured major art pieces for Denver. The Denver Art Museum recognized her contribution to the arts community with a bas relief sculpture of her.
“Without a commitment to peace, . . . today’s younger generation may be condemned to live in a desolate world filled with horror and unending chaos.” — Wilma Webb