Virginia Changemakers
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The first African American to earn a nursing degree from the University of Virginia, Mavis Claytor–Ford focused on geriatric care during her 30-year career at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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.

Dana Olden Baldwin was a community physician whose entrepreneurial spirit created a thriving African-American business district in Martinsville.

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As a mathematician and aerospace engineer at NASA for forty years, Christine Mann Darden was a leader in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.

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The first orthopedic surgeon to fly into space, Robert L. Satcher's mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis included spacewalks to repair robotic arms on the International Space Station.

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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.

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Brigadier General Sheila Baxter was the first female and the second African-American brigadier general in the Army Medical Service Corps.

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News anchor Stephanie Rochon raised breast cancer awareness through her award-winning “Buddy Check 6” news segments.

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Throughout her pioneering career in science, Margaret Ellen Mayo Tolbert has encouraged and inspired women and minorities to choose careers in math and science.

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For more than 60 years, pharmacist Leonard Muse has been a community leader in the historically African-American neighborhood of Nauck in Arlington County.
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