1992Wilkerson was elected as a state senator to the 2d Suffolk District in 1993. She was the highest elected black official in the state at the time. She is also the first black woman ever elected to the state Senate, and is now the only black member.
Wilkerson is pictured at left addressing students at the Dr. Martin Luther King Convocation program at Northeastern University in January 1993.
(Tom Landers/Globe file photo)