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Marguerite B. Young has dedicated her life to education, community service, and accessible health care.
Fredericksburg

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A schoolteacher and military veteran, Calvin C. Green filed a lawsuit in 1965 to compel New Kent County to desegregate its public schools.
New Kent County

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Nationally recognized physicist Warren Wesley Buck III helped create Hampton University’s doctoral program in physics and works to attract a diverse student population to the field.
Hampton

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Isabella Gibbons learned to read while enslaved and later educated hundreds of African Americans as a teacher in the freedmen's schools and public schools of Charlottesville.
Charlottesville

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Jamelle Smith Wilson is the first woman and first African American to lead the Hanover County Public School Division.
Hanover County

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An astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Beth A. Brown worked to inspire women and minorities to pursue careers in science.
Roanoke

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As a teenager, Edwilda Allen Isaac helped lead a walkout of students from R. R. Moton High School that contributed to ending school segregation in the United States.
Farmville

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Civil rights pioneer Olivia Ferguson McQueen successfully challenged school segregation in 1959, but did not receive her diploma for another fifty-four years.
Charlottesville

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James Heyward Blackwell advanced the cause of African American public education in Richmond for more than forty years.
Richmond

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Born into slavery, Jennie Serepta Dean founded a school at a time when segregation limited educational opportunities for African American students.
Manassas

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