Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Contemporary United States

Inspired by examples of public service in her family, Kaci Easley was the first African American to serve as director of Virginia's Executive Mansion.
Charles City County

As a community activist for more than 30 years, Penny Franklin has been an advocate for the fair and respectful treatment of all people.
Montgomery County

Research scientist, mentor, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) champion Joycelyn Harrison is an award-winning chemical engineer and prolific inventor.

Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith has used his academic and athletic success to establish community programs that inspire and assist youth in achieving their educational goals.
Westmoreland County

An attorney, educator, and musician, the Honorable Marcus Williams served more than 20 years as a circuit court judge in Fairfax County.
Fairfax County

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Kwame Alexander believes in the power of poetry to engage young readers in language and literature.
Fairfax County

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The first African American elected mayor of Fredericksburg, Reverend Lawrence A. Davies has devoted his life to serving his community.

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The first African-American woman to serve as mayor of Harrisonburg, Deanna Reed also mentors community youth through leadership programs she has established.

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A pioneer in mathematics, Gladys B. West was an instrumental hidden figure in the development of the modern Global Positioning System.
King George County

As an activist, leader, scholar, writer, and educator, Sharifa Alkhateeb worked tirelessly to strengthen communities and bridge Islamic and American cultures.
Fairfax County
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